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Men's basketball: Westminster 90, MacMurray (Ill.) 69

Men's basketball: Westminster 90, MacMurray (Ill.) 69

January 17th, 2019 by Ryan Boland in College Sports

Junior guard Kobe Wands produced a game-high 22 points and the Blue Jays shot 56 percent (32-of-57) from the field in rolling to the SLIAC triumph at home over the Highlanders on Wednesday night.

The victory was the second straight and third in the last four games for Westminster College, which moved to 7-8 overall and 6-2 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The Blue Jays ended the first half with a 14-6 run to build a double-digit lead. Senior forward Romo Tabb knocked down a pair of free throws with 23 seconds left to give Westminster a 43-33 lead at halftime.

MacMurray College closed within seven points early in the second half, but the Blue Jays replied with a 15-0 run to take control. Sophomore forward Steven Brandt connected on a 3-pointer with 13:12 to play in the game, giving Westminster a 64-42 advantage.

Kobe Wands — who was 8-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range — directed four players in double figures for the Blue Jays. Tabb added 14 points, senior guard Carter Wands finished with 11 and senior guard Collin Caywood had 10.

Tabb pulled down five rebounds to lift Westminster to a 26-24 edge on the boards.

Wade Fox responded with 21 points to pace three players in double figures for the Highlanders (4-12, 1-8), who shot 57 percent (30-of-53) as a team. Derek Bourke was next with 15 points and Logan Dorethy tallied 13.

The Blue Jays head to Iowa Wesleyan University for a SLIAC contest at 3 p.m. Saturday. Westminster turned back the Tigers 77-72 in its SLIAC opener Nov. 28 in Fulton.