NORTH MANCHESTER – The Manchester University men’s basketball team fell to nationally-ranked Elmhurst in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on Tuesday December 21 to conclude non-conference play.

After trailing by just five points at the half, the No. 14 Blue Jays put 61 points up on the scoreboard over the game’s final 20 minutes to coast to a 101-75 victory.

Turnovers got the better of the Spartans on Tuesday night as the Blue Jays were able to convert 21 Manchester turnovers into 30 points.

Elmhurst finished shooting 41-78 (52.6 percent) from the floor against the Black & Gold. Dominic Genco led five Blue Jays in double figures with 22 points. Wesley Hooker (17), Jake Rhode (13), Jay Millitello (12), and Jonathan Zapinski (10) also scored in double figures.

The Spartans were limited to 39 percent shooting (23-59) on Tuesday night. The Black & Gold shot 10-29 (34.5 percent) from three-point territory against the Blue Jays.

Sophomore Brandon Christlieb (Ashley, Ind./Prairie Heights) led three Spartans in double figures with 22 points. Christlieb shot 7-13 from the field and was 4-8 from beyond the three-point arc. Bryant Smith (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) scored 18 points against Elmhurst while Ian Snelling (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) chipped in 17 points off the bench.

Manchester (2-10) will return to action on Sunday January 2 against Transylvania University. Game time from Stauffer-Wolfe Arena is scheduled for 3 p.m.

No. 14 Elmhurst (10-2) will take on Lake Forest on Wednesday December 29.