Quincy Bair had an outstanding night, scoring 29 points, as Westminster cruised to victory over the Western State Mountaineers (9-14, 7-10 RMAC). The men stay close on the heels of Fort Lewis, improving to 13-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and 17-3 overall.
The Griffins started the game aggressively, making a 20-5 point run and climbing to an early 15-point lead over the Mountaineers. Westminster went into halftime with a 22-point lead after Western State went 4-of-17 from beyond the arc and didn’t make a single consecutive basket in the half.
Westminster was 64.3 percent from the field, 60.0 percent from 3-point range and 88.9 percent from the charity stripe. The team outrebounded the visitors, 19 to 10. Bair scored 11 points, Dayon Goodman scored 10 and Jarred Laws added seven.
Six Griffin players scored during an 18-7 point run, pushing the lead to 30 points with 8:06 remaining. The Mountaineers found some success underneath with big man Cameron McCurry, who scored 11 points in the final eight minutes of the game. Bair scored 18 points, nearly doubling his tally from the first half, leading the Griffins to their largest win of the season, 90-66.
Both teams shot 60.9 percent from the field in the second half. Westminster was slightly better, making 11-of-13 from the free-throw line and 4-of-5 from downtown. The Mountaineers made 10-of-15 from the line and 3-of-8 from beyond the arc.
Bair scored a career-high 29 points, shooting 11-of-14 from the field and going 7-of-8 from the line. He also pulled down five rebounds and had two assists.
Jarred Laws scored 14 points and added three assists, one steal and two rebounds. Goodman scored 11 points and had seven assists. Mason Smith tallied seven assists and eight points.
The team shot 86.4 percent from the charity stripe, making 19-of-22. Mason Smith went 4-of-4 and Sam Orchard went 5-of-5. Bair shot 7-of-8 and Goodman was 3-of-5.
Westminster outrebounded Western State, 31-21. Goodman pulled down nine rebounds, Bair collected five and Travis Devashrayee grabbed four.
The Griffins’ final home game of the season tips off at 7:30 p.m., against Colorado Mesa. Eight seniors will be honored before the game.
The game will be broadcast on the RMAC Network with Mike Lageschulte providing play-by-play commentary. The game will also be available to follow on live stats. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door prior to the game.
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.