Blue Jays Tied for First Place in SLIAC Following Back-to-Back Conference Wins

Matt Murphy, ’16, goes up for a shot against Principia College on Tuesday, Jan. 16. PHOTO COURTESY OF WESTMINSTER ATHLETICS.

Matt Murphy, ’16, goes up for a shot against Principia College on Tuesday, Jan. 16. PHOTO COURTESY OF WESTMINSTER ATHLETICS.

BY BEN CAMPBELL
SPORTS EDITOR

The Westminster men’s basketball team moved into a tie for first place in the Saint Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) this past week, after wins against Principia College and Spalding University.


The Blue Jays defeated Principia 81-72 on Jan. 19, followed by a 58-54 win against Spalding on Jan. 23, putting their overall record at 7-9 (7-3 in conference).

Tanner Cochran, ’18, led the way against Principia, pouring in 18 points, while Nick Carlos, ’18, added 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Blue Jays dominated inside, scoring 46 points in the paint, compared to just 12 from Principia. They also saw contributions across the board, with 32 points coming from players off the bench.

Westminster came from behind against Spalding, a game which saw them down by 10 points at halftime. Cochran once again paced the Blue Jays in points, scoring 14, while Jimmy Villalobos, ’18, had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Romo Tabb, ’18, added 8 points and 7 rebounds.

“Coach gave us some things to focus on during the second half — things that we were doing wrong earlier in the game,” Tabb said. “Intensity on defense and our overall effort really helped contribute to our comeback, too.”

It was the Blue Jays’ seventh conference win, moving them into a tie for first place in the SLIAC with Iowa Wesleyan at 7-3.

Kellen Brondel, ’16, attributes the Jays’ success in conference play to team members’ unselfish attitudes and to the leadership they have had throughout the season.

“Mentally, we have good leadership,” he said. “We know how to motivate each other and stay excited. Everyone knows their role and focuses on winning games instead of playing time.”

Westminster’s next game is at Greenville College on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m.

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