Westminster honored its seven seniors—Dayon Goodman, Sam Orchard, Quincy Bair, Scott Cook, Jarred Laws and Mason Smith—and defeated Colorado Mesa, overcoming a seven-point deficit at halftime to complete a sweep of its competition this weekend. Westminster improved to 14-3 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action and 18-3 overall.
The score was tied and the lead changed hands six times during the game. Five of those ties and lead changes came during the first half. Colorado Mesa held a seven-point lead, 39-32, going into halftime. Westminster was perfect from the free-throw line and 40.7 percent from the field but only shot 28.6 percent from beyond the arc.
The Griffins wasted no time and started the second half with a 25-6 run in eight minutes. The run began with a basket and then a dunk from Cook and finished with a Goodman dunk. Goodman scored 13 points during the run. Westminster held a 12 point lead with only 12 minutes remaining.
The Mavericks recovered for a few minutes and reduced the lead to six points. Westminster made a 20-7 point run with Goodman scoring nine, Orchard scoring five, Bair scoring four and Tanner Newbold scoring two. The Griffins held a 19-point lead with only 2:11 remaining.
The Griffins managed the final two minutes and earned the win, 83-70, completing a sweep of the Mavericks this season.
Westminster finished the night shooting 28-of-59 from the field, 7-of-17 from beyond the arc and 20-of-21 from the free-throw line. Goodman, Smith, Bair and Travis Devasharayee were each perfect from the charity stripe.
Goodman went off and scored 37 points, 26 second-half points, and pulled down 16 rebounds. He was 12-of-19 from the field, 2-of-4 from three and perfect from the line on 11 attempts.
Newbold and Orchard each hit double digits. Orchard put up 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Newbold scored 10 points and had two assists and two rebounds. Bair had seven rebounds and nine points.
Westminster finishes the year with a five-game road trip, beginning with New Mexico Highlands on Thursday and CSU-Pueblo on Saturday. Both games will be broadcast on the RMAC Network and available through live stats.
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.