Men’s Basketball Loses to Greenville, 64-51

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EVAN LEMASTER
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Blue Jays took on the men from Greenville College on Saturday, Jan. 31. The game was tight, but the consistency from Greenville proved to dominate Westminster in the late minutes of the second half. The final score was 64-51, a victory for Greenville.


 

 

The first half of play was a battle for both teams. Westminster took an early 5-0 lead to start the game before Greenville put up its first points. Once Greenville got started offensively, they got back in the game and took the lead. The Panthers’ lead was cut shorter by a late shot from the Blue Jays, sending the game into halftime with the score at 26-24.

The second half was when Greenville’s offense broke down Westminster’s defense. The Blue Jays were taken down, and could not continue to defend the powerful Greenville offense. Once Greenville received momentum, they did not look back and finished with another victory, 64-51.

Maintaining consistency against Greenville seemed to be a question that Westminster could not answer. Sophomore Tanner Gentges’s 15 points and senior Verdis Lee Jr.’s 10 points were not enough to handle the Panthers. The Blue Jays battled, but could not come up with the upset.

Westminster was scheduled to take on Iowa Wesleyan on Feb. 4, but the game was moved due to weather predictions.

The Blue Jays bounced back on Saturday with a win over Blackburn College, 61-44.  The game started out close, but a 12-0 run by Westminster with about two minutes left in the first half gave the Jays a lead they would hang onto for the rest of the game.

Gentges again led the team in points with 19 and assists with four.  Leading in rebounds was Lee with five.

The win gave the Blue Jays an overall record of 4-16 and a conference record of 3-10.  They play again on Feb. 11 at home against MacMurray College.

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