Men's basketball roundup: Westminster, Dixie State and SLCC all win tournament games
SALT LAKE CITY — The Westminster College men's basketball team defeated UC-Colorado Springs 70-45 on Saturday night in the final game of the Westminster Thanksgiving Classic.
Westminster (9-2), which won both of games at the tournament, was led by Ben Walker. He had 14 points on 7 of 10 shooting.
"We did a nice job of getting the shots we wanted tonight," Westminster coach Adam Hiatt said. "After shooting 50 percent in the first half, I told the guys at halftime we would shoot 60 percent in the second and have some fun."
Jake Orchard was also big for the Griffins against the Division II UC-Colorado Springs (1-5), tallying 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. AJ Reilly added 12 points.
DIXIE STATE 67, COLORADO MESA 63: At Grand Junction, Colo., the Red Storm holding off a furious Mavs rally after leading 40-18 at halftime in day two of the Thanksgiving Classic at Brownson Arena.
DSC (3-2) won for the first time in Grand Junction over CMU (2-2) since becoming an NCAA Division II member in 2006. Led by 13 points from McKay Massey, 12 points from Derek Owen and 11 from Landon Clegg, Dixie State shot 44.2 percent from the floor.
A night removed from the lowest shooting performance of the year, DSC stormed out of the blocks and used stellar team defense to hold the Mavs without a field goal for nearly 12 minutes to end the first half.
"They made great adjustments in the second half," head coach Jon Judkins said. "I told our guys, 'welcome to Pac West basketball', because this is how the games on the road will be."
The Mavericks turned the tables on DSC, cutting the lead to 10 points with 8:33 left on a Shawn Kinglayin. CMU further sliced into the advantage, closing with 65-63 with 41 seconds left. After a bucket, CMU guard Jeff Hart was fouled. He missed a pair of charity shots with Solomon Jensen pulling down the critical defensive rebound before being fouled.
Jensen nailed both free throws for a four-point advantage, ensuring the road victory.
Judkins said: "I saw the fire in their eyes when the lead was cut to two. They wanted to win."
Dalton Groskreutz cleaned up a game-high nine rebounds with Jensen and Clegg each ripping down six boards.
Michael Bear paced the Mavs with 19 points, King followed with 16.
Dixie State College opens Pacific West Conference play on Dec. 5 against Notre Dame de Namur at 7:30 p.m. in Burns Arena.
SLCC 84, PRO LOOK 76: At Taylorsville, the 10th-ranked Bruins (7-0) were led by Jordan Rex, who had a double-double (14 points and 12 rebounds). Louis Garrett and Darian Cartharn both added 17 points while Cartharn hit on 5 of 6 shots from behind the arc. Gabe Kindred controlled the offense with a team-high six assists along with 12 points. Next up is the Snow College Tournament in Ephraim on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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