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Westminster basketball: Griffins rally for 87-84 exhibition win

Marcus Bryce goes up for the basket. Bryce scored 20 points in the Griffins 87-84 win on Friday night.
Marcus Bryce goes up for the basket. Bryce scored 20 points in the Griffins 87-84 win on Friday night.
Bob McLellan

The Westminster men’s basketball team overcame a 15-point second-half deficit to take an 87-84 win over Eastern Oregon in an exhibition game for the Griffins on Friday night.

Westminster trailed for more than 34 minutes on the night and was behind 61-46 with 17:13 to play in the second half. The Griffins capped an 18-7 run with nine-straight points to pull within 68-64 at the 10:19 mark.

Zerrion Payton converted an and-one with 7:28 remaining to tie the game at 73-73. After Eastern Oregon (5-2) went back up by three, Dayon Goodman scored in the paint and Casey Evans hit a three and Westminster led 80-78 with 3:23 to play.

Tied at 84-84, Goodman scored at the rim to put the Griffins in front for good with 28.7 seconds on the clock. Marcus Bryce then blocked a shot by the Mountaineers, and Westminster forced a turnover to secure the win.

The Griffins had three players reach the 20-point plateau in the win. Goodman and Payton had 21 points apiece with Bryce adding 20. Goodman scored 19 of his total in the second half to counter the 18 from Bryce in the first half.

Westminster finished the game shooting 46.3 percent from the floor and recorded 15 assists and only 10 turnovers. After Eastern Oregon shot 57.6 percent with eight threes in the first half, it finished the game at 44.6 percent with 12 triples.

The home squad converted 92 percent at the foul line and outscored the Mountaineers, 50-24, in the paint. The Griffins had a 40-35 edge on the boards with 14 points from 12 offensive rebounds.

Eastern Oregon reached out to its big lead during a 19-6 run in the first half where it hit 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. The Mountaineers got 29 points from Bryan McGriff but only five after halftime.

The Griffins complete the weekend tournament on Saturday with a 6 p.m. MST game against Bristol. Eastern Oregon faces California Miramar at 4 p.m. MST, to start the day.