UMSL picked up its first Great Lakes Valley Conference win of the season with a 57-50 win over William Jewell on Thursday. The Tritons saw the visiting Cardinals rally back from a 17-point deficit, but a pair of free throws from senior Sammie Sproul with two minutes remaining and a 3-pointer from junior Arielle Jackson helped UMSL hold on for the victory. Senior Shawnta Johnson led UMSL with 15 points, five rebounds and three assists. UMSL (4-3, 1-2 GLVC) is idle for final exams until Saturday when it travels to Culver-Stockton.
The Tritons went 2-0 at home last week, including a thrilling 77-74 win over then-No. 20 and previously unbeaten William Jewell on Thursday. Back-to-back 3-pointers from freshman Anthony Hughes and junior Davious Webster swung the lead back in UMSL’s favor after William Jewell took a 64-61 lead with 8:13 to play. The Cardinals drew as close as one point five different times, including twice in the final 23 seconds. But junior Johnathan Matthews made all four of his free-throw attempts in the final 11 seconds – including two with 0.9 seconds on the clock – to help seal the game. The Tritons also secured a 110-44 win over Central Christian on Saturday. Senior Elijah Watson averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and five assists per game in the two victories. UMSL (5-3, 2-1 GLVC) is idle for final exams until next Monday and Tuesday, when it plays two games in the Maryville Classic.