BC Winter Sports Round-Up

Men’s Basketball
The Blackburn College men’s basketball team dropped a pair of St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contests over the past week. Wednesday, Feb. 6, the Beavers travelled to Eureka College and fell 82-42 to the Red Devils. Blackburn suffered through a cold night of shooting as the Beavers were 17 of 62 from the field for 27 percent. Eureka cruised out to a 40-16 halftime advantage and never looked back as Blackburn shot just 22 percent in the first half and committed seven of their eleven turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

James Gowin scored eight points off the bench to lead Blackburn in scoring. Brandon Adams pulled down six rebounds for the Beavers.

This past Saturday was a different story in regards to how well the Beavers played as they hosted second place Westminster College. Blackburn came right out of the gate firing on all cylinders as they faced the SLIAC defending champions. The Beavers were in control the entire first half playing with a lead as big as twelve. Blackburn closed out the first half on a 5-2 run featuring a dunk by Brandon Hill to put the Beavers up nine, 37-28 at the break. In the second half, the men came out sluggish as Westminster tied the game up at 46. Sophomore Jon Lowry came alive behind the arc going five of eight to help Blackburn pull ahead to a 70-62 lead with 3:55 left. Westminster continued to chip away and tied the game 72-72 of a three pointer with less than two minutes remaining.

Blackburn, down 74-72, called a time-out to set up the buzzer beater but was shut down on the inbound pass and forced them to send Westminster to the free throw line.  Westminster capitalized and put the game away by a score of 76-72.

Brandon Hill scored a season high 20 for the Beavers as Jon Lowry scored all of his career high 15 points from behind the three point line. Brandon Adams grabbed twelve rebounds to lead all players. With the season coming to a close, the Beavers will head to MacMurray College on Feb. 13 before finishing with their senior day celebration on Saturday, Feb. 16, where seniors Brandon Adams, Ira Williams and James Gowin will be recognized.

Women’s Basketball
The Blackburn College women’s basketball team also dropped their two contests to the same SLIAC opponents over the past week. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, the Beavers trailed Eureka College by just a 26-24 margin at halftime. The second half was a different story as the Red Devils ran out to a 60-43 victory.

Shelby Smith had an impressive double-double in the contest as she scored 14 points and had 12 rebounds. Smith also put the clamps down on conference leading scorer Katy Eeten as she held her to just ten points while guarding her in the Beavers box and one defense.

Blackburn’s struggles shooting the ball that night is what did the Beavers in as they shot only 17 percent from the field on 12 of 71 shooting.

This past Saturday the Beavers played an incredible first half against conference leading Westminster College. Blackburn shot 56 percent in the first half and led by as many as 17 points before ending the half with 36-31 lead.

The Blue Jays chipped away in the second half and finished with a 72-59 win which was much closer than the final indicated. Briana Rae scored 19 points and had eleven rebounds to lead the Beavers in both categories. Danae Smith added 13 points and Shelby Smith ten points to join Rae in double figures. The second half saw Westminster go a perfect 100 percent on 18 of 18 from the foul line which prevented any chance of a Blackburn comeback.

The Beavers finish the season this week by travelling to MacMurray College on Wednesday, Feb. 13, before hosting Webster University on Saturday, Feb. 16 as they will recognize seniors Rashonda Willis and Kylie Sparks on their senior day. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m.