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Westminster basketball: Griffin men fall at LC State

The Westminster men’s basketball team led at halftime before falling at No. 22 Lewis-Clark State, 66-59, in Frontier Conference action Thursday night at the Lewiston Activity Center.

Westminster (11-15, 2-9 Frontier) continued its struggles to make baskets as it finished the night shooting just 37.7 percent from the floor. The Griffins held a 31-29 lead at intermission after holding Lewis-Clark State (22-7, 8-5) to just 35.7 percent in the first half.

LC State mounted an 11-4 burst midway through the second half that opened its lead to 13 with 8:39 to play. The Griffins hung around behind consecutive baskets from Quincy Bair and then two by Nick Jenson to cut the deficit to five on multiple occasions in the final minute. The Warriors secured the victory by making 6-of-7 at the foul line.

Jenson led the Griffins with 16 points and seven rebounds. He grabbed four of his boards on the offensive end while shooting 8-of-11 from the field. Trevor Bamgartner added eight points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one blocked shot in the loss. Colton Moon recorded one steal to give him 163 in his career and move one behind the Westminster career record.

The Griffins finished the game with 11 assists on 23 baskets, and they only committed 12 turnovers. They went 6-of-15 from beyond the arc (40 percent) and had a 30-22 edge in the paint. They held the Warriors to 39.6 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers for 12 points.

Brady Bagby led LC State with 23 points behind 5-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc. Trea Thomas had 11 points, and Erick Diouf finished with 10.

Westminster closes out the season Saturday when it faces Montana Tech at 7:30 p.m. MT, in Butte, Montana.