Westminster basketball: Griffins winning streak ends with loss to No. 11 Warriors

By Josh Fisher

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Jan. 3 2013 10:46 p.m. MST

LEWISTON, Idaho – The seventh-ranked Westminster College men’s basketball team saw its nine-game winning streak come to an end with an 80-75 loss at No. 11 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) on Thursday night in Frontier Conference action.

Westminster drops a game for just the second time this season and is 13-2 overall. The Griffins fall to 1-1 in Frontier Conference play, while Lewis-Clark State remains perfect at 17-0 and 3-0 in league games.

The first half was played even for the opening minutes until the Griffins used an 8-4 run midway through the half to take their biggest lead of the game at 22-16 with 10:34 to play in the half. LCSC responded with an 11-4 stretch that gave it the lead at 32-30. Westminster scored eight of the final 13 points of the half and led 38-37 at halftime.

The Warriors scraped together a 9-2 run minutes into the second half and with 16:24 to play they held the lead at 48-40. Westminster tied the game on three separate occasions over the next six minutes but could never get over the top. The LCSC lead reached 70-61 on a layup from Jacob Champoux with 6:07 remaining, and Westminster would not get closer than four the rest of the way.

Westminster shot 42 percent from the field in the game and went 6-of-19 from beyond the arc (31.6 percent). The team finished with 40 points in the paint and got 26 points from the bench but only managed 12 points from turnovers which had been the team’s staple all season.

Jake Orchard led all scorers with 23 points on a 9-of-12 shooting night. He also grabbed six rebounds and had three assists. Blake Skidmore finished with 14 points off the bench and had two makes from beyond the arc. Tallon Robertson added 11 points and Alex Drecksel led the team with nine rebounds.

Champoux led the Warriors with 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting and two treys. Danny Marshall added 18 points and also went 9-for-10 from the field. The Warriors shot 53.7 percent from the floor and 46.7 percent from beyond the arc.

Westminster will now travel to Butte, Mont., for a Saturday game against Montana Tech. The action will tip at 7:30 p.m. from Sampson Court.

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