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Men’s basketball end weekend with two wins

Westminster College junior Brandon Warr playing against Western Colorado Jan. 24. The Griffins secured a weekend sweep, defeating both Western Colorado and Colorado Mesa. (Photo courtesy Justin Green)

The Westminster College men’s basketball team ended the weekend securing two wins against Western Colorado Friday and Colorado Mesa Saturday.

Westminster junior Brandon Warr and senior Joonas Tahvanainen scored 15 points apiece to lead the men’s team to a 78-62 win over Western Colorado Friday night at Behnken Field House.

The Griffins scored the first nine points of the game and finished the half up 15 point with a score of 43-28.

Westminster’s lead grew as large as 26 in the second half, securing the victory.

Tahvanainen scored 10 of his 15 points in the first half and grabbed seven rebounds. Warr finished with a game-high 11 rebounds, and graduate student Jake Connor added 12 points, hitting four 3-pointers in five attempts.

The Griffins went on to win another game against Colorado Mesa Saturday night with a final score of 77-62.

Westminster men’s basketball used a dominant second half to beat Colorado Mesa, 77-62, on Saturday night at Behknen Field House.

Holding a six-point lead with 10 minutes left in the game, the Griffins stretched the lead to 16 with five minutes remaining. Warr led the charge, scoring eight of the 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Connor led all scorers with 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Connor scored 10 straight near the end of the first half to help the Griffins take a four-point lead into halftime.

Warr finished with 19 points and six rebounds. He scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, including four 3-pointers over a six-minute span.

The weekend improved the Griffin’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record to 7-6 and its overall record to 12-7

Westminster will face Adams State and Fort Lewis College on the road next weekend.

Sports coverage by The Forum is created in part through a partnership with the Westminster College Athletics Program.

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Cami Mondeaux is a senior communication major with a minor in sociology. She’s worked in journalism for three years completing several internships in radio as well as a print internship stationed in Washington, D.C. Now, Cami works as a reporter and digital content producer for KSL NewsRadio covering breaking news and local government. When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in the headlines, Cami enjoys listening to podcasts, drinking iced coffee and continuing her quest to find the tastiest burrito in Salt Lake City.

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