Blue Jays pull away late, 80-68
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Men's Basketball - Thu, Dec. 27, 2012

FULTON, Mo. – Hot-shooting Westminster broke open a tight game down the stretch and dealt Cornell's men's basketball team an 80-68 nonconference loss on the road Thursday afternoon.

Cornell (4-6 overall) was within striking distance of the Blue Jays (8-2) after a Nick Bobb bucket made the score 65-62 with 4:56 remaining. Westminster came back with six unanswered points and then iced the game from the foul line.  

The Rams led for a large portion of the first half despite trailing 36-34 at the break. Freshman Peter Catchings hit a jumper that tied it at 36-36, although the Blue Jays responded with a 14-2 run and played in front the rest of the way.

Westminster, a member of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, shot 60.0 percent (15-of-25) from the field in the final 20 minutes. The Blue Jays also hit all 11 of their second-half foul shots.

Junior forward Joey Guth led the Rams with 16 points and nine rebounds. Reggie Greenwood had 14 points and dished out a game-high five assists. John Harth pitched in 13 points on 5-of-11 field goal shooting. The Rams got eight points and eight rebounds from sophomore Nick Bobb.  

The Rams shot 41.9 percent for the game and went 10-of-13 from the foul line. Westminster hit 51.9 percent from the field and connected on 19-of-26 foul shots.

The Blue Jays held a 34-29 advantage on the boards.

Coming up – The Rams (3-2 MWC) return home Sunday, Dec. 30 to face Carroll (7-3, 3-2 MWC) in a Midwest Conference matchup at 2 p.m. in Mount Vernon. Carroll, the 2012 MWC Tournament champion, was a vote-getter in the latest Top 25 Poll. Both teams are tied for fourth place in the league standings.