Men’s Basketball Falls to MacMurray, 79-71
BY EVAN LEMASTER
The Blue Jays get a slow start and send Highlanders to the foul line 28 times.
The Blue Jay men suited up to take on the Highlanders of MacMurray College at home on Feb. 11, but the game ended in a tough loss for Westminster, as MacMurray won 79-71.
Westminster won the tip to start the game, but it was MacMurray that earned the first points of the match. The Highlanders got started offensively early, leading 26-10 eight minutes into the game, but they got too comfortable and Westminster battled back into a single-digit difference before half. A jump shot by Westminster’s Javier Martin Ortega, with 11 ticks on the clock, made the score 38-31 with MacMurray leading going into halftime.
The Blue Jays came out of the half starting on a slow note. MacMurray worked its lead up to 63-53 with eight minutes left in the game. Westminster was down but not out; they caught fire and cut the lead down to five, with the score being 66-61 with just under five minutes left in the game. The Blue Jays’ fire was short-lived as MacMurray took back control of the game and finished the them off with a final score of 79-71.
Slow starts in the first and second half of play for the Blue Jays proved to be crucial in their loss. Westminster could not get started until it was too late. Fouling was also a major problem for the Blue Jays. Westminster sent the Highlanders to the line 28 times and gave them the opportunity to make 34 out of their 43 free throw attempts.