Westminster held its largest lead, 15 points, with 12:07 remaining in the game. Metro State got hot and drained six 3-pointers and out-scored the Griffins, 25-13, cutting the lead down to three. Both teams missed their final chances of the game and Westminster won by a nose, 60-53.
Scott Cook got Westminster on the board with a well-timed tip-in off a Goodman shot that bounced off the rim. The lead changed hands three times within the first eight minutes. With 12:55 remaining in the half, Jarred Laws got the ball to Dayon Goodman for 3-pointer. Mason Smith picked up two assists as Goodman scored five more points for an 8-0 run that gave the lead to the Griffins until the end.
Both teams pretty much matched each other offensively for the remainder of the half. Westminster held a seven-point lead when the buzzer sounded to end the half. Westminster shot 48.0 percent from the field and 50.0 percent, on eight attempts, from 3-point range. Metro State was 31.0 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from beyond the arc, going 4-of-15.
The Griffins had a 15-point lead with 12:07 remaining in the game, and she looked like they might run away with a win. The Roadrunners got their second win starting with a Peter Moller 3-pointer. Metro State outscored the home side, 25-13, hitting six 3-pointers—a pair each for Moller, Cameron Williams and Alvaro Reyes-Abad.
Six of the final 13 points came from the free-throw line. Four for Goodman and two for Newbold. Orchard scored a layup for two, and Goodman scored a layup and a 3-pointer. Westminster resisted the late surge and finished inches ahead of the Roadrunners.
Metro State was much better offensively in the second half, especially from 3-point range, going 8-of-15 reducing the Griffin lead. Westminster finished the night shooting 48.9 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from beyond the arc and 90.9 percent from the charity stripe, going 10-of-11.
Goodman played 40 minutes and scored 34 points. He was 11-of-20 from the field, 4-of-7 from beyond the arc and perfect at the free-throw line, 8-of-8.
The Griffins out-rebounded the Roadrunners, 36-26. Goodman led the team with eight rebounds, Quincy Bair had six, Mason Smith had five and Sam Orchard and Travis Devasharayee each collected four. Cook and Laws each pulled down three and Newbold tallied two.
The Griffins return to the Behnken Fieldhouse on Saturday night and play the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available to purchase online or at the door prior to the game. The game 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.