SALT LAKE CITY — With five players in double figures the 10th-ranked Westminster College men's basketball team defeated Minot State, 87-74 on Friday night in the Behnken Field House.
The second game of the Westminster Holiday Classic saw Westminster (11-2) pick up a fourth consecutive victory. The Griffins started the game slowly and with 3:51 remaining in the first half they trailed 31-19. It was then an 8-0 run to finish the half, sparked by six points from junior Jordan Hayter. Westminster shot 36 percent from the floor in the first half and trailed 31-29 at intermission.
"I had this feeling this afternoon that we weren't going to be ready to play," head coach Adam Hiatt said. "I wasn't surprised with the sluggish start."
Ben Walker led Westminster with 19 points on a 9-of-12 shooting effort. The senior forward also grabbed two rebounds while dishing out two assists. Jake Orchard added 18 points on a 7-for-11 shooting night. Orchard made his only attempt from deep and also had two blocks and two steals. Hayter finished with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
DIXIE STATE 76, CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO 65: At Phoenix, senior guard Maurice Cole poured in 22 points, his DSC career high, in opening day action of the Grand Canyon University Holiday Classic.
Cole (8-13 FG, 4-5 FT) lead four players in double figures for Dixie State, which improved its season record to 5-3. Griffon Jones had 11 of his 14 points in the second half and pulled down nine rebounds. Junior guards McKay Massey (12 points) and Landon Clegg (11 points) rounded out the scoring quartet.