St. Louis, MO 11/18/2022- The Westminster men's basketball team traveled to St. Louis for the weekend to take part in the 2022 Webster Classic. They faced DePauw University on Friday night still looking to pick up their first win of the season. The Jays would have a 30-29 lead at halftime after Jaxon Althaus (Oak Grove, Mo. / Oak Grove) hit a jump shot as time expired. The Tigers would take the lead early in the second half and go on to win to a final score of 73-63.
Westminster got out to a 6-0 lead and that turned to a 9-2 lead, forcing a timeout by DePauw. After the timeout, the Tigers went on a seven-point run to tie the game 9-9. The game would be tight for the remainder of the half with the lead trading back and forth or tied. The Blue Jays ended the half on a five-point run to take a 30-29 lead at halftime.
DePauw wasted little time taking the lead, hitting back-to-back three-pointers to take the lead 39-35. They would extend that to a ten-point lead with 13:52 left in the game. The Jays would go on a 9-2 run to pull within three points at 49-46 with around ten minutes left to play.
The Lions would respond with a run of their own and take an eleven-point lead with five minutes left to play. They would hold the Blue Jays at arm's length for the rest of the game and win 73-63.
The Blue Jays were led by Althaus who had 25 points,11 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals, and 2 assists in the game. The big man, Ben Eberlin (Hardin, IL / Calhoun) would go 6-9 from the field and score 12 points.
Westminster will be back in action tomorrow, Saturday, November 19th when they take on Central College at 1:00 PM