The Westminster College men's basketball team (2-0, 0-0 RMAC) played Johnson and Wales-Denver (0-4) for the second time in less than 24 hours. Although the result was similar with a Griffin win, the Wildcats contested the game more closely than the first time.
The Wildcats started the game with two 3-pointers and jumped to an early lead. It took the Griffins a few minutes to get things rolling, but they eventually took the lead after scoring 10-straight points. The Griffins surrendered the lead back to the Wildcats only once, for a brief moment, before building a lead of eight points to end the first half, 36-28.
Dayon Goodman was perfect from the field and the line in the first half, scoring 13 points and collecting three defensive rebounds. Mason Smith put up six points, and Jarred laws had three assists in the first half. The team shot 60.9 percent field and 88.9 percent from the line.
The Griffins continued to control the game, keeping their lead between 10 and 19 points throughout most of the second half. With 2:18 left in the game, the Wildcats were able to get the lead to fewer than 10 points for close to two minutes. Goodman scored the final points of the game, and the Griffins won, 76-66.
Goodman got his first double-double with 10 rebounds and 30 points, shooting 11-of-12 from the field and perfect from the free-throw line on eight attempts. Sam Orchard and Tanner Newbold each had nine points. Orchard, Jarred Laws and Smith each had four assists.
The Griffins return to action on Friday, Nov. 25, hosting the Westminster Thanksgiving Invitational. Both Dixie State and Westminster will play against Dickinson State and Seattle Pacific. The Griffins will play Dickinson State on Nov. 25 and Seattle Pacific on Nov. 26. Both games are scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m. MST, in the Behnken Field House. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door prior to the game. A live video feed will be available along with live stats.
Eric Stephens is the Director of Athletic Communication and Events for Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Westminster is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division II level.