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Westminster basketball: 15th-ranked men’s basketball to spend the weekend in Idaho

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The 15th-ranked Westminster men’s basketball team travels to Idaho this weekend to play a pair of road contests. Westminster plays at College of Idaho on Friday before taking on Northwest Nazarene University on Saturday.

Westminster looks to snap a four-game losing streak to open the season. This is the first time in school history the team has been 0-4 to open a season, and Westminster has never started worse than 2-4 through six games. The Griffins have only held a lead for 25:02 minutes of play this season or 15.6 percent of the total action.

The Griffins are scoring just 63.75 points per game through the first four games of play, and they are eighth in the Frontier Conference in scoring average. The team shoots 41.3 percent from the floor and 34.1 percent from beyond the arc. The Griffins place 46th in the NAIA by making 7.0 threes per game, and they notch 12.75 assists per contest.

Westminster opponents are putting up 77.25 points per game and are shooting 45.9 percent from the field. Three of the four opponents have scored at least 70 points and two shots more than 50 percent from the floor. The Griffins rank 33rd in the NAIA by holding opponents to 30.6 percent from beyond the arc. They are creating 13.75 turnovers pre night and getting 6.0 steals per game.

Jordan Pryor and Kenny Woodard are tied for the team lead in scoring at 11.5 points per game. Quincy Bair is right behind them at 10.3 points per game. Nick Jenson leads all Griffins with 26 rebounds, including nine offensive boards. Woodard has team highs in assists (15) and steals (5), while Jenson and Isaiah Tademy are tops with two blocked shots.

The Griffins dropped two games at the Las Vegas Tipoff last weekend. The trip began with a 74-62 loss against No. 1 Vanguard University and was followed with a 67-52 loss to Concordia University. Woodard averaged 15 points per game during the two games to lead the Griffins. Casey Evans averaged 11 points in the two games, and Jenson finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Concordia.