Tolson Breaks Westminster’s Three Point Career Record
Athletic News - Basketball(M)
Skylar Tolson (Columbia, Mo. /Rock Bridge) broke the Westminster’s three-point career record when he hit his 235th three-pointer with just 7:01 left in the Blue Jays’ senior night game against Principia College. The Blue Jays pulled out an 85-68 win Tuesday evening after honoring four senior Blue Jay basketball players.
The Blue Jays finish third in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC), ending with a 12-4 conference record. The Blue Jays advance their overall record to 19-6 heading into the SLIAC Tournament.
The Blue Jays started the game with a 15-2 run, with three of the four seniors scoring. Principia stopped the run and brought the game within nine points (19-9).
Senior Joe Prophet (St. Louis, Mo. /Cardinal Ritter) finally connected with the basket off a short jumper to have every senior score just ten minutes into the game.
The Blue Jays held a steady lead, and a three-pointer from Tolson and two free throws from Joe James (Kirkwood, Mo. /Vianney) brought the Blue Jays up by 20 with 1:34 left in the half.
The Blue Jays went into halftime up 44-29.
Principia came out into the second half and within five minutes brought the game within 10 points.
The Blue Jays answered back with an alley hoop from senior Mookie Valandra (St. Louis, Mo. /Vianney) to Prophet to make the crowd go crazy. This started a 16-4 run to bring them up 70-48 with 9:42 left in the game.
With 7:01 left in the game, Tolson hit his sixth three-pointer of the game, better known as his record-breaking three-pointer. The game was paused to give him a standing ovation.
The Blue Jays continued to hold a healthy 20 point lead over Principia. With 1:11 left in the game the Blue Jays, along with fans, gave Principia’s senior Stanley Beal a standing ovation for finishing his final collegiate career game.
The Blue Jays ended the game up 85-68.
The Blue Jays finished the game shooting 56% from the field and 33% from the three-point line. Tolson led the Blue Jays with 20 points, followed by Valandra with 13. Three seniors, Prophet, Valandra, and Tolson, grabbed five rebounds apiece. Prophet and James dished four assists and Robbie Burroughs (Santa Rosa, Calif. /Montgomery) grabbed four steals.
The Blue Jays now head to Louisville, Ky. Friday to participate in the SLIAC Conference Tournament. They play Eureka College at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening. If they win, they advance to the SLIAC Championship game on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.