Blue Jays Fall to Webster, Tied for Third in SLIAC

Blue Jays Fall to Webster, Tied for Third in SLIAC

The Westminster men's basketball team fell to Webster University on Saturday afternoon, 70-62. The Blue Jays now sit in a four-way tie for third place in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) with a 9-7 conference record. They hold a 9-14 overall record. 

Webster jumped out to a nine-point lead to start the game and extended the lead to 14 points 10 minutes in, 27-13. A layup by sophomore Tanner Cochran brought the game back within single digits with 4:03 on the clock, but Webster went back up by 10. Freshman Collin Caywood made a jump shot and freshman Carter Wands put in a free throw to send the game into halftime with Webster leading 34-27.

Sophomore Romo Tabb brought the game within six points to start the second half, but a 9-3 Webster run put the Blue Jays down by 12, 45-33. Tabb sunk two consecutive baskets and senior Matt Murphy added a bucket to bring the Blue Jays back within six with 13:39 to play, 45-39. Webster pulled an 11-point lead, but a Caywood three-pointer knocked Webster's lead to just five points with 6:12 remaining, 58-53. A 5-0 Webster run put the Blue Jay's deficit back into double digits, but a layup by Tabb off sophomore Jimmy Villalobos' steal and assist put the Blue Jays within seven with 1:42 on the clock, 66-59. Webster went 4-for-4 from the foul line over the next 40 seconds to take an 11-point lead. Sophomore Nick Carlos was fouled on a three-point attempt with 20 seconds remaining, sending him to the line. He drained all three, bringing the score to 70-62. Neither team scored again, ending the game with a 70-62 loss.

Tabb led the Blue Jays with 18 points and seven boards. Carlos added 14 points while Caywood scored 13. 

The Blue Jays are still fighting for a spot in the SLIAC Tournament. They travel to MacMurray on Wednesday, February 17, for their final road game of the regular season. Tip-off is at 8:00 pm.