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Westminster basketball: Griffin men open conference with upset of No. 8 Montana Western

DILLON, Mont. – Behind a career-high 25 points from Tallon Robertson, the Westminster College men’s basketball team opened Frontier Conference play with a 68-64 upset at No. 8 Montana Western on Saturday evening in Straugh Gymnasium.

Westminster (7-4, 1-0 Frontier) shot 68.4 percent from the floor in the second half to carry it to a third straight victory. The Griffins finished the game at 45.7 percent from the floor, while also making six threes and seeing three players score in double figures.

The night belonged to Robertson. The senior shot 9-of-13 from the field while adding seven free throws in 13 attempts. He also collected five rebounds, two assists and one steal in helping his team to its first win at Montana Western (6-4, 0-1) since 2008, a span of six straight losses.

The Griffins held UMW to 41 percent shooting, and they used eight steals to create 13 turnovers which Westminster turned into 14 points. The Griffins had 13 assists on 21 field goals in the game while only committing nine turnovers to help overcome a 36-24 deficit on the boards.

Blake Skidmore helped the Westminster cause with 14 points with Jordan Pryor adding 12 points and three assists off the bench. Colton Moon finished with seven points, four assists and three steals.

Maazin Butler led the Bulldogs with 25 points and three assists. Kris Castro and Jake Owsley added 11 points apiece in defeat.

Westminster is back in action on Dec. 17, when it faces Vanguard (Calif.) in the first of four games in five days.