The men's basketball team hosted No. 12 Colorado School of Mines (12-1, 6-1 RMAC) to finish the 2017 year. The Orediggers bench outscored the Griffins, 27-9, and won the game, 65-64. Westminster suffered its first home loss of the season and ended the year 9-2 overall and 5-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
The Griffins started hot from 3-point range with threes from Sam Orchard, Dayon Goodman, Quincy Bair and Jarred Laws to begin the game and build a 12-point lead. The Orediggers went on a 15-4 point run and cut the lead down to one with four minutes remaining. At the end of the half, the away team held a one-point lead, 36-35.
Each team opened the second half with a basket apiece. Westminster scored one point during the next four minutes and fell behind by 10 points. The Griffins recovered the lead for a small moment after Goodman, Orchard and Mason Smith combined for a 10-0 run. The lead changed hand three more times with the Orediggers holding on to a one-point lead with 2:53 remaining. Neither team could score a basket, and the game finished 65-64 in favor of the visiting side.
Westminster was 43.6 percent from the field, 10-of-17 from beyond the arc and 54.5 percent from the charity stripe, a season low. Goodman led both teams in scoring with 33 points. Bair had nine points, and Laws contributed seven points and five assists.
Westminster travels to Colorado Christian on Thursday and a rematch with Colorado School of Mines on Saturday. Both games will be broadcast on the RMAC Network. Live stats will also be available online.
Eric Stephens is the Director of Athletic Communications and Events for Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Westminster is a provisional member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division II level.