BC winter sports roundup
The Blackburn College men’s basketball team split their two contests last week. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, the Beavers defeated Principia College by a score of 84-73. After a sluggish first half, the Beavers racked up 48 second half points to sweep the season series from the Panthers.
Blackburn came out hot to start the second half as they went on a 16-4 run. With a comfortable eight point lead, the bench came out and secured the victory as they dropped 29 points on the night which featured a drive and dunk by Brandon Hill which was received by a roar from the Blackburn fans and sealed Principia’s night. Leading the Beavers was Matt Chandler who had a game high 14 points and eight rebounds. Jon Lowry added another solid night with 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and went perfect from the free throw line. Blackburn shot a season best 77.3 percent from the line as well.
On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Beavers played at conference foe, Spalding University, and struggled out of the gate to trail 44-19 at the half. The Beavers played much better in the second half actually out-scoring Spalding 31-30 but the Golden Eagles took home a 74-49 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory. James Gowin and Brandon Hill led the Beavers with 14 points apiece. Gowin was seven of nine from the field on the afternoon. Ira Williams led Blackburn in rebounds with five. Blackburn is now 2-19 on the season and 2-10 in conference play.
The Blackburn College women’s basketball team also split their two contests last week against the same two foes. Blackburn’s 54 rebounds propelled them to a 64-42 SLIAC victory over the visiting Principia Panthers last Tuesday, Jan. The Beavers scored the first bucket of the game and never looked back as they had the lead for the entire game. Briana Rae pushed Blackburn to victory by scoring 20 points and hitting nine of 20 from the field. She completed her fourth double-double of the season by grabbing ten rebounds, which was tied for the team high.
Kylie Sparks also had 10 of the 54 boards for Blackburn. Every member of the team had at least three rebounds in the game. There were plenty of opportunities to grasp some rebounds as Principia shot 27 percent from the field, going 16 for 59.
Both teams seemed to be off their shooting game from distance. Principia attempted 21 three-pointers (20 by Sarah Corbitt) and only converted three of them. Meanwhile, Blackburn did not make any of their attempted 10 three-pointers.
Although Principia’s Corbitt was only four for 28 overall, she led the team with 16 points. She was one rebound away from recording her own double-double. Blackburn’s Shelby Smith added 13 points which gave her a double-digit scoring output in eight of her past nine games. She still leads the team by averaging 11.7 points per game. It was a back and forth game that had very little stoppage time.
There were plenty of missed shots and turnovers that led to a very quick game. Principia turned the ball over 29 times compared to Blackburn’s 19. From those 29 turnovers, Blackburn scored 29 points. They also corralled 18 steals in the contest, led by Briana Rae with five and Rashonda Willis with four. Blackburn had four players come off the bench that combined to score 27 points. Each player contributed at least six points to the effort.
Last Saturday in Louisville, Ky., the Beavers dropped their SLIAC game to Spalding by a 63-53 mark. Shelby Smith led the Beavers in scoring with 15 points while Briana Rae chipped in 12. Rae also pulled down an impressive 14 rebounds for Blackburn. The Beavers trailed by as many as 21 in the contest but closed the game on a 9-0 run to make the final outcome more respectable. Blackburn is now 3-17 on the season and 3-9 in the SLIAC.
Alumni Games this Saturday
The Blackburn College basketball teams will welcome back the alumni for a pair of alumni contests this Saturday, Feb. 9. At 10 a.m., the women’s alumni game will take place followed by the men’s contest at 11 a.m.