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Westminster heads to semifinals

BUTTE, Mont. — Shane Humpherys scored 16 points in 17 minutes Thursday to lead top-seeded Westminster to an 83-59 victory over Great Falls in the opening game of the Frontier Conference men's basketball tournament.

Humpherys came off the bench to make 5-of-7 shots from 3-point range for Westminster (23-8), ranked 18th in the NAIA. The Griffins led 38-19 at halftime after Great Falls (6-27) made just 29 percent of its first-half shots.

Nick Taggart added 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting for Westminster, followed by Adam Hiatt, who scored all 13 of his points from the free throw line. Matt Sparrow added 11 points.

Bo Scott and Bryan Simanton led Great Falls with 15 points each while Danny Ball had 13 points before being ejected on his second technical foul late in the game. His first technical was a deliberate foul and his second came when he bounced the ball into the rafters after being called for traveling with 1:24 remaining.

Westminster meets fourth-seeded Rocky Mountain in a semifinal game Friday night.