Even though it was only the fifth game of the season, junior shooting guard/small forward Cody Bradfisch called it a “must-win.” The Webster University men’s basketball team certainly played like it was a must-have game, as the Gorloks dispatched of Westminster College 73-52 on Nov. 30 at Grant Gymnasium.
It was the first win of the season for Webster, who is now 1-4 overall and 1-0 in St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. Westminster dropped to 2-4 with the loss and is 0-1 in the SLIAC.
The game was a rematch of last year’s SLIAC tournament championship, which the Gorloks won 64-47. Westminster was picked to win this year’s conference title by SLIAC coaches, but Webster dominated from the moment the game tipped off.
The Gorloks jumped out to a 12-3 lead within the first four minutes of the game and never looked back. The Blue Jays cut Webster’s lead to 15-11, but that’s as close as they would get. Webster scored the game’s next 12 points to gain a 27-11 advantage.
Webster took a 42-22 lead into halftime and kept Westminster at bay during the second half. Four Gorloks scored in double figures, as the team shot 52.6 percent from the field.
Sophomore forward Stefan Whittingham led the way with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Junior forward Roman Robinson recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Dietrick Sooter had 12 points and sophomore center Jarrod Huskey chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Webster women weren’t as fortunate, as the Gorloks fell 59-45 to Westminster earlier in the evening. Webster is 0-4 overall and 0-1 in the SLIAC, while Westminster improved to 4-0 and is 1-0 in conference action.
Freshman forward Cassie Endicott scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Webster. Senior guard/forward Megan Willett had 11 points and seven rebounds.