The Blackburn College Men's Basketball Team hosted Elmhurst College on Tuesday night and pressured the Bluejays the entire evening before pulling away for an impressive 66-57 non-conference victory. The Beavers forced 22 Elmhurst turnovers and limited the Bluejays to just 35 percent shooting on the night. Blackburn controlled the scoreboard the majority of the night, the Bluejays held a brief two-point lead early in the second half but then the Beavers took over to advance to 2-1 on the young season.
Blackburn led the game at the half by a score of 31-28. Nigel Ferrell led four Beavers into double figures with 14 points. Karson Hayes had eleven, while Jamaya Wyatt and Duncan King added ten each. Wyatt also pulled down ten rebounds for the double-double. For the Bluejays, Colin Bomstad led with ten points while Jeremy Ireland had ten rebounds.
Coming out of the locker room, the first eight minutes were tight before the Beavers began pulling away. A bucket by Karson Hayes gave the Beavers the lead for good at the 11:59 mark at 42-41. Blackburn then went on a 12-2 run to take total control, then pulling away to an 18-point lead threatening a blowout. The Bluejays fought back to make the score more respectable at the end.
"I'm really proud of our guys and their effort defensively," said Blackburn Coach Steve Kollar. "Anytime you can hold a team to 57 points, that is really guarding!" For Kollar the win is especially sweet as he worked for Elmhurst Head Coach John Baines as his assistant earlier in his career. "Elmhurst is going to be a very good team when it's all said and done so we are excited about that type of win before our conference season," added Kollar. "The most exciting thing is that we can get so much better in so many ways."
Elmhurst is now 1-1 on the year.