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Men's basketball: Westminster 68, Principia (Ill.) 47

Men's basketball: Westminster 68, Principia (Ill.) 47

January 10th, 2019 by Ryan Boland in College Sports

ELSAH, Ill. — Senior forward Romo Tabb produced 23 points in surpassing 1,000 for his career as the Blue Jays pulled away in the second half of Tuesday night's SLIAC victory over the Panthers.

Westminster College (6-8, 5-2 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) carried a 35-28 lead into halftime and took control by outscoring Principia College 33-19 over the final 20 minutes.

The Blue Jays — winners of two of their last three — quickly forged a double-digit lead by starting the second half with an 11-3 run. Junior guard Kobe Wands hit a jumper to give Westminster a 46-31 advantage with 13:50 to play.

The Blue Jays owned a 23-point lead on three different occasions before wrapping up the win.

Tabb — who made 5-of-9 3-pointers — topped three players in double figures for Westminster, which only shot 36 percent (25-of-69) as a team. Senior guard Collin Caywood logged 14 points and Wands was next with 12.

Tabb rounded out an impressive double-double by collecting a game-high 14 rebounds to power the Blue Jays to a 44-34 edge on the boards.

"This was a really good win tonight," Westminster head coach Matt Mitchell said. "Principia has two really good players and we were able to contain them for most of the game.

"Romo and (senior guard) Carter (Wands) really played great defense and we were able to rebound the ball consistently all night."

Micah Paulson finished with a game-high 24 points as the only player in double figures for the Panthers (2-12, 1-6), who shot just 38 percent (19-of-50) from the field.

The Blue Jays return home for a SLIAC contest against Greenville (Illinois) University at 3 p.m. Saturday.