The Westminster men's basketball team traveled south to the Marriott Center for an exhibition game against Brigham Young University. BYU defeated Westminster, 76-62, in the first meeting between the two schools.
The Griffins got off to a slow start to start the game. Turnovers and missed opportunities hurt the Griffins and allowed the Cougars to build their lead. With 7:47 remaining in the first half, the Griffins were trailing 23-10, shooting 4-of-13 and having turned the ball over nine times.
The Cougars had their largest lead of the contest after a 12-0 run saw them stretch their lead to 32-10. Dayon Goodman finally got on the score sheet, scoring one of two free throws with 4:23 remaining in the first half. A steal by Mason Smith helped ignite an important 9-0 run that saw Quincy Bair score two 3-pointers, a steal by Eris Winder and a basket by Goodman.
The Griffins finished the first half shooting 8-of-27 and 29.6 percent compared to BYU's 14-of-25 and 56.0 percent shooting. Both teams had nine turnovers in the half. Westminster scored seven points off turnovers, while BYU scored 12. The half ended with the Cougars in the lead, 38-21.
The Griffins managed the second half better with the score teetering back and forth, but neither team really making any large gains on the other. The Griffins improved their shooting and shot 48.3 percent (14-of-29), reduced their turnovers to only five in the half and added seven assists to the three in the first half.
The Griffins made a late push near the end of the game to close the gap on the scoreline. The Griffins were able to cut the lead down to 10 after a seven-point run saw Goodman score five points and Sam Orchard score two. The game ended, 76-62, in favor of the Cougars.
"We came out timid and tentative in the first half," head coach Norm Parrish said, "which led to some mistakes and missed assignments. We settled down and saw an improvement in the second half."
Bair led the Griffins in scoring with 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting and two 3-pointers. Goodman scored 16 points, shooting 5-of-15, and he had four assists and nine rebounds. Mason smith shot 5-of-10 and contributed 11 points and five rebounds.
BYU's Toeli Childs got his second double-double of the season, scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. Elijah Bryant scored in double digits with 17 points, and TJ Haws scored nine and led both teams in assists with seven. BYU shot 50.0 percent (25-of-50) for the game, while Westminster shot 57.1 percent (16-of-28) in the second half and finished at 48.1 percent for the game (26-of-54).
Westminster returns home to the Behnken Field House for two exhibition games against Johnson and Wales-Denver on Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m.
Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. The intercollegiate athletics program is a provisional member of NCAA II and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).