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Westminster basketball: Griffin men visit Rocky and Carroll

Trevor Bamgartner (right) drives past a defender. The Westminster men's basketball team plays at Rocky Mountain on Thursday and Carroll on Saturday.
Trevor Bamgartner (right) drives past a defender. The Westminster men's basketball team plays at Rocky Mountain on Thursday and Carroll on Saturday.
Bob McLellan

The Westminster men’s basketball team has two crucial Frontier Conference road games this weekend in Montana. Westminster plays at Rocky Mountain on Thursday in Billings, Montana, before making the trip to Helena, Montana, to face Carroll on Saturday. Both games are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. MT tipoff.

Both games of the trip will be shown live on the web through each school's athletic YouTube channel. There will also be live stats available for the game at Carroll. Links for all live features can be found on Westminster's website.

Westminster returns to the road at 10-10 overall this season and is currently in a four-way tie for fourth place in the Frontier Conference with a 3-4 record. The Griffins have won two straight games overall but are looking to snap a four-game losing skid on the road. They split the two games with Rocky Mountain and Carroll last month in Salt Lake City, falling at the buzzer to Carroll before knocking off Rocky.

The Griffins enter play this week scoring 74.40 points per game, which ranks sixth in the Frontier Conference. They are 50th nationally by shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 28th by making 70 percent at the foul line. The team makes 7.85 threes per outing — 26th in the NAIA — and ranks 21st in the country by shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Griffins distribute 14.75 assists per game with a 1.08 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Westminster is giving up 71.15 points per game on the season and holding the opposition to 45.2 percent shooting. The Griffins have held 11 opponents to less than 70 points, including five in conference play. Griffin opponents shoot 34.7 percent from beyond the arc, and Westminster grabs 35 rebounds per game. The team is forcing 16.2 turnovers per outing and generating 8.75 steals per game to rank 26th in the country.

Quincy Bair leads three Griffins that average in double figures at 13.2 points per game. Jordan Pryor averages 12.45 points per game and has made a team-high 50 threes. Kenny Woodard adds 11.75 points per game and leads the team with 48 assists. Colton Moon has a team-leading 44 steals, while Casey Evans leads the way with 11 blocked shots.

Westminster picked up two home wins last weekend to get back into the conference playoff race. The Griffins claimed a wire-to-wire 69-64 win against Montana tech last Thursday with four players in double figures. They then rallied from four down with four minutes to play to defeat Lewis-Clark State, 67-62, behind 41 combined points from Bair and Pryor.