Posted: Feb 2, 2013 7:47 PM
Updated: Feb 3, 2013 11:08 AM
FULTON, MO -- A down to the wire 67-63 win on Saturday afternoon gives the Westminster Blue Jays an edge over the Eureka College Red Devils in the SLIAC. The win puts the Blue Jays in second place (9-3) and knocks Eureka down to third. The Blue Jays overall record improves to 16-5.
The Red Devils put the first numbers on the board, but the Blue Jays were quick to come back. A short jumper by Joe Prophet started the Blue Jays 11-2 run to bring them up by 9 (20-11).
The Red Devils called a timeout to recover from the pace of the game. The Blue Jays could not find their momentum coming out of the timeout, and the Red Devils brought the game within two points with 10:30 left in the half.
The Blue Jays slowly inched away with the lead and free throws from Todd Stolte gave the Blue Jays a 10 point lead.
The Blue Jays held the Red Devils and they headed into halftime up 39-32.
The Blue Jays held the lead coming out of halftime, but the Red Devils slowly chipped away at it. With 10:59 left in the game, Eureka brought the game within one point (48-47).
The Red Devils tied the game up twice, grabbing the lead in the process, but the Blue Jays would not let them keep it for more than a minute.
Eureka tied the game up twice more before Prophet hit a downtown three to put the Blue Jays up with 1:12 on the clock.
The Blue Jays gave the Red Devils two chances to tie the game, but they missed their free throws and three pointer.
Joe James was fouled on the defensive rebound with six seconds left. Making his first, James clinched the 67-63 win over the Eureka Red Devils.
Prophet finished the game with his season's second double-double, netting 25 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Prophet went 9-19 from the field, hitting three three-pointers. James scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Taylor Allen added eight points and eight rebounds for the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays finished the game with 16 assists, five coming from Prophet.
The Blue Jays stay at home and host Greenville College Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m.
Greenville is currently seventh in the SLIAC. In their last meet up, the Blue Jays had four starters score in the double digits in their close 79-76 win.