Jan. 25, 2009

Courtesy of Elmhurst College

WHEATON, Ill. – For the second time this season, the Elmhurst College men's basketball team has defeated the nation’s top-ranked team, as the 19th-ranked Bluejays scored a 70-57 win over number-one ranked Wheaton College.

Chris Childs scored a career-high 24 points to help Elmhurst improve to 13-4 overall and 4-2 in CCIW play. Wheaton, who was playing its third straight contest without All-American guard Kent Raymond, fell to 15-2 overall and 4-2 in league play.

With the scored knotted at 19-all with just under nine minutes to play in the half, the Bluejays closed the half on a 24-7 run to take a 43-26 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Bluejays were deadly from beyond the arc in the first half, shooting a whopping 7-of-10 (70.0 percent) from downtown. With All-American center Brent Ruch in early foul trouble, Ryan Burks led the charge for the Bluejays by pouring 15 first half points. Childs came off the bench to score 11, hitting 4-of-5 shots, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range.

Elmhurst went cold from the floor to start the second half, scoring just two points in the first nine minutes. Wheaton failed to take advantage of the Bluejays' slow start, scoring only seven points in the first nine minutes. Elmhurst started warming up as Childs knocked down a pair of treys and the Bluejays pushed their lead to as many as 19 points.

With Elmhurst leading 58-39 with 7:24 left, Wheaton responded with a 12-4 run over the next three minutes to chop Elmhurst's lead down to 11 points with four minutes left. Elmhurst answered back with a 5-0 run to build a 16-point lead with four minutes left. Wheaton came no closer than 13 points as the Bluejays came away with the 70-57 victory.

Elmhurst finished the contest shooting 50.0 percent (24-of-48) from the floor, including 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from beyond the arc. The Bluejays shot 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from the free throw line.

Wheaton shot 48.1 percent (25-of-52) from the floor, but only 8.3 percent (1-of-12) from 3-point range. The Thunder struggled from the charity stripe, hitting only 6-of-20 attempts (30.0 percent).

Elmhurst won the battle on the glass, outrebounding the Thunder 35-27.

Childs poured in a career-high 24 points in the win, hitting 9-of-14 shots from the field, including 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. Burks added 15 points while Ruch finished with 14 points, including 10 in the second half. Robert Strzemp added seven points in the Bluejays' win.

Wheaton was led by Andy Wiele's 16 points. Tim McCrary added 14 points and eight rebounds while Jake Carwell totaled 11 points.

Elmhurst will look for its fourth straight CCIW win when they travel to Carthage College on Wednesday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m.