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Westminster basketball: Oregon Tech fends off Griffins, 78-70

By Josh Fisher

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Nov. 23 2013 8:45 p.m. MST

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Westminster College men’s basketball team lost for the second time in as many nights with a 78-70 loss at Oregon Tech in the finale of the Midland Empire Classic on Saturday night.

Westminster (4-4) trailed 37-34 at halftime after an opening 20 minutes that featured seven ties and 11 lead changes. The Griffins largest lead of the game was 22-17 with 8:16 remaining in the half. Oregon Tech (4-3) put together a 13-4 run midway through the second half to open up a 10 point lead. The Griffins got within two at the 3:31 mark, but Oregon Tech closed out the win.

The Griffins shot 47.2 percent from the field in the game while making six of their 13 attempts from beyond the arc. They recorded 19 assists on 25 field goals with only 11 turnovers and a 34-32 edge in rebounds. Oregon Tech shot 49.1 percent from the floor, including 55.6 percent in the second half.

Blake Skidmore led four Griffins in double figures with 18 points on a 6-of-8 shooting night. Tallon Robertson, Jordan Hamilton and Nick Jenson finished with 10 points apiece. Robertson added seven rebounds and four assists.

Westminster returns to action Friday when it hosts College of Idaho at 5 p.m. in the Westminster Thanksgiving Classic at the Behnken Field House.

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