The Westminster men's basketball team (19-3, 15-3 RMAC) began an end-of-season, five-game road trip with a win, 90-82, over New Mexico Highlands. Dayon Goodman, Sam Orchard and Tanner Newbold combined for 67 points.
The first half was a back-and-forth battle with three ties and seven lead changes. The Griffins finished the half with a two-point lead.
Westminster went 4-of-13 from three, 48.3 percent from the field and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. New Mexico Highlands shot 40.7 percent from the field, making 5-of-11 from beyond the arc and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line.
Westminster got out to an 11-point lead after starting the second half with a 17-6 run. Westminster held its largest lead, 23 points, with eight minutes remaining.
The Cowboys made four 3-pointers during a 22-9 run, cutting Westminster's lead down to seven and putting pressure on visitors for the final minute of the game. In the final minute, Newbold and Jarred Laws made 7-of-8 free throws, keeping Westminster ahead of New Mexico Highlands, 90-82.
The Griffins finished the game shooting 54.7 percent from the field, making 9-of-18 from 3-point range, and going 23-for-27 from the free-throw line.
Goodman led the team in scoring with 31 points. He was perfect from the line on four attempts, made 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and 12-of-20 from the field. Goodman pulled down five rebounds and tallied three assists and one blocked shot.
Newbold scored 22 points, shooting 5-of-7 from the field, making 3-of-4 from three and 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. He added three assists and two rebounds.
Orchard scored 14 points with three assists and a steal. Orchard was perfect from the free-throw line, made one 3-pointer and was 5-of-8 from the field.
The Griffins next game is against CSU-Pueblo, scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on the RMAC Network and available on 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.