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Westminster basketball: Griffin men close season at LC State, Montana Tech

Colton Moon dribbles the ball. Moon plays the final two games of his career as the Westminster men's basketball team visits Lewis-Clark State and Montana Tech this weekend.
Colton Moon dribbles the ball. Moon plays the final two games of his career as the Westminster men's basketball team visits Lewis-Clark State and Montana Tech this weekend.
Bob McLellan

The Westminster men’s basketball team plays its final two games of the season this weekend. Westminster plays at No. 22 Lewis-Clark State on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. MT, before visiting Montana Tech on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Westminster enters the final weekend of the season at 11-14 overall and is 4-8 in Frontier Conference play. The Griffins have dropped four of their last five outings overall and six straight on the road. They have already been eliminated from the upcoming conference tournament.

The Griffins enter play this week scoring 72.40 points per game, which ranks sixth in the Frontier Conference. They are shooting 44.1 percent from the field and rank 24th in the NAIA by making 70.5 percent at the foul line. The team makes 7.52 threes per outing — 33rd in the NAIA — and ranks 28th in the country by shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc. The Griffins distribute 13.96 assists per game — 38th in the NAIA — with a 1.03 assist-to-turnover ratio to place 30th nationally.

Westminster is giving up 70.40 points per game on the season to rank 36th in the country and holding the opposition to 44.7 percent shooting. The Griffins have held 13 opponents to less than 70 points, including seven in conference play. Griffin opponents shoot 34.7 percent from beyond the arc, and Westminster grabs 33.68 rebounds per game. The team is forcing 16.12 turnovers per outing and generating 8.52 steals per game to rank 28th in the country.

Quincy Bair leads three Griffins that average in double figures at 12.92 points per game. Jordan Pryor averages 12.12 points per game and has made a team-high 56 threes. Kenny Woodard adds 11.44 points per game while shooting 88.8 percent at the foul line. Colton Moon has a team-leading 60 assists and 55 steals, while Casey Evans has a team-leading 16 blocked shots.

The Griffins have gone 9-5 this season when they lead at halftime, and they are 9-2 when leading with five minutes to play in regulation. They are winners in eight of their nine contests when scoring at least 70 points in a game, while going 6-2 when grabbing more rebounds than the opposition.

Westminster split a pair of home games last week, defeating Great Falls, 92-76, before falling to Montana State-Northern, 58-51. Five players scored in double figures as the team shot a season-high 63.6 percent from the field against Great Falls. The Griffins then allowed MSU-Northern to rally from 11 down in the second half to hand them a loss in the final home game of the season.