Blue Jays Demolish Highlanders In Overtime 

1/27/2013 
Athletic News - Basketball(M) 

The Westminster Blue Jays headed into overtime with the MacMurray Highlanders Saturday afternoon.  The Blue Jays pulled an 18-3 run in overtime to beat the Highlanders 82-67. The win advances the Blue Jays win streak to four games.

The Blue Jays overall record moves to 14-5 and their SLIAC record moves to 7-3, keeping them tied with Eureka College and Webster University.

For the first five minutes of the game, the lead jumped back and forth between the Blue Jays and the Highlanders. The Blue Jays took control of the lead with 12:48 left in the first, followed by a 9-1 run to put them up by eight (24-16).

The Highlanders slowly diminished the lead, and tied the game 28-28 with 5:20 left on the clock. The Highlanders took control of the game, and the Blue Jays headed into halftime down by 2, 34-36.

The Highlanders held the lead for most of the second half. The Blue Jays finally took possession with 8:23 left to play (52-51).

The Blue Jays held possession of the lead for the rest of the second half. With 00:54 on the clock, the Highlanders tied the game up 64-64. The Blue Jays attempted to hit a jumper, but missed, sending them into overtime.

Verdis Lee (Fulton, Mo. /Fulton) came out and hit a three pointer followed by a short jumper to start overtime.  The Blue Jays paused to let the Highlanders score three points from the foul line. The Blue Jays went 9-9 on free throws to aid in their 82-67 victory. 

The Blue Jays shots 42% from the field and 36% from beyond the arc, while holding the Highlanders to 18% from downtown. Lee and Joe Prophet (St. Louis, Mo. /Cardinal Ritter) led the game with 20 points apiece. Skylar Tolson (Columbia, Mo. /Rock Bridge) went 3-5 from the three point line, chipping away at the 3-point career record (234). Lee and Joe James (Kirkwood, Mo. /Vianney) grabbed 7 and 6 rebounds, respectively.

The Blue Jays travel to St. Louis, Missouri Wednesday to take on SLIAC’s number four seed, Webster University.