Beavers dragging tails through Missouri

The Blackburn College men’s basketball team dropped a pair of St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contests this past week. Last Saturday, the Beavers travelled to Fulton, Mo. where they were defeated by Westminster College by a score of 82-54.  The Blue Jays jumped out to a 10-2 lead before Blackburn chipped away and got back in the game at 21-21 on a Brandon Hill jumper. Hill led the Beavers in scoring with eleven points. Westminster then went on a 12-0 run over the next 3:06 to take a 33-21 lead. The Blue Jays finished the half by taking a 45-31 lead into the locker room.

Westminster then went on a 10-0 run to begin the second half to pull away for the conference victory. For Blackburn, James Gowin came off the bench to score seven points and pull down seven rebounds. For the game, Blackburn shot 44 percent on 19 of 43 shooting while Westminster shot 51 percent on 31 of 60 shooting. The Beavers committed 20 turnovers and were out-rebounded 34-27. Blackburn is now 1-16 overall and 1-7 in the SLIAC.

The previous Tuesday the Beavers were in St. Louis to take on Fontbonne University. The team hung close for most of the first half before the Griffins pulled away for a 70-51 victory.

Blackburn trailed just 25-23 with three minutes remaining in the first half before Fontbonne closed out the half with an 8-0 run. The Griffins then opened the second half with a 7-0 run to take a 17 point lead and control of the rest of the contest.

Jon Lowry scored 14 points to lead the Beavers while also hauling in six rebounds.  Brandon Adams led Blackburn in rebounding with seven. For the night, the Beavers shot 35 percent on 17 of 48 shooting.

Women’s Basketball
The Blackburn College women’s basketball team also lost their two games in SLIAC play over the past week. Blackburn dropped a 67-49 decision at Westminster College on Saturday afternoon. Westminster raced out to a 36-15 halftime advantage and never looked back.

Sophomore forward Briana Rae led the Beavers in scoring and rebounding with 17 points and eight rebounds. Senior guard Rashonda Willis chipped in 15 points for the Beavers who are now 2-14 on the year and 2-6 in St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. Westminster advanced to 8-9 on the year and 7-1 in the SLIAC.

Blackburn shot just 30 percent on the afternoon on 19 of 64 shooting and committed 17 turnovers. The Beavers played much better in the second half as they out-scored Westminster 34-31.

The previous Tuesday the Beavers were defeated by Fontbonne University 63-48.  Shelby Smith and Briana Rae contributed 12  points each to lead the Beavers while Danique Smith chipped in with 11 points. The story of the game was the difficulty that the Beavers had at the foul line. Blackburn shot just 12 of 32 from the free throw line on the night. From the field the Beavers were 17 of 61 for 28 percent.

Blackburn will begin a three-game home stand on Wednesday, Jan. 23 as the Beavers host Eureka College at 6 p.m.