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Men’s basketball sweeps weekend, wins 5th straight game

Graduate student Jake Connor goes up for a shot against Fort Lewis Feb. 1. Connor scored a high of 23 points to lead the men’s basketball team to its fifth straight win, the longest winning streak of the season. (Photo courtesy Justin Green)

The Westminster College men’s basketball team won its fourth and fifth games in a row against Adams State and Fort Lewis on the road.

The team held off a strong second-half comeback attempt against Adams State to defeat the Grizzlies Friday night. The final score was 71-67.

The Griffins secured a 13-point lead at halftime, increasing the lead to 18 points five minutes into the third quarter. Adams State closed the gap, taking a one-point lead with six minutes left in the game.

The score tied at 60 points with three minutes left in the game, with the Griffins taking the lead with a minute and a half left to play. Senior Joonas Tahvanainen scored a dunk with five seconds left in the game to secure the win.

Tahvanainen led Westminster with 14 points. Senior Jai Jai Ely added 13 points and graduate student Jake Connor scored 12 points.

The Griffins went on to defeat Fort Lewis Saturday, with a final score of 91-85. Connor scored a high of 23 points with Warr adding 20 points.

The team ended the first half with an eight-point lead, holding the lead for the duration of the game. The victory brought the Griffins to their fifth straight win — the longest winning streak of the season.

The men’s team improved to a 14-7 overall record with its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record to 9-6.

They’ll play two more road games, facing first-place Colorado Mesa Friday and third-place Western Colorado Saturday.

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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