Wolves fall to tourney champion Westminster

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CALDWELL, Idaho — Winless Walla Walla University suffered its ninth straight defeat here Friday in the opening round of the Golden Rule Shootout men’s basketball tournament at the College of Idaho.

Westminster, B.C., defeated the Wolves 85-44 on their way to the tournament championship. Westminster defeated the host College of Idaho 68-50 in Saturday night’s championship game.

Walla Walla’s third-place game against Montana Western, which lost to C of I 80-73 in Friday’s first round, was not reported.

Blake Skidmore made 7-of-10 shots from the field and scored 18 points for Westminster in Friday’s victory over Walla Walla. Jordan Bjornberg was 6-for-7 from the field and tallied 16 points and Jordan Hayter was also in double figures with 11 points.

Tyreek Luckett tallied 10 points to lead the Wolves, who fell behind 43-13 at halftime and never challenged in the second half.

Walla Walla returns to action Tuesday at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

WESTMINSTER 84, WALLA WALLA 44

WALLA WALLA (44) — Luckett 4-6 0-2 10, Thorn 2-2 0-1 4, Martinez 1-5 1-2 3, Spady 4-8 1-3 9, Greenidge 2-6 3-6 8, Lattimore 0-1 1-3 1, Hough 1-2 0-0 2, Torkelsen 0-4 0-0 0, Heinrich 0-5 3-4 3, Patterson 0-3 0-0 0, Woodworth 0-1 0-0 0, Collins 0-0 0-0 0, Marshall 2-2 0-2 4. Totals 16-45 9-23 44.

WESTMINSTER (85) — Drecksel 1-3 2-2 4, Orchard 2-7 0-0 4, Robertson 4-8 0-1 8, Moon 2-5 0-0 6, Hayter 3-9 5-6 11, Pryor 1-5 0-0 3, Skidmore 7-10 4-5 18, Rainbird 2-6 2-2 8, Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Perry 1-3 0-0 3, Bjornberg 6-7 4-4 16, Matthews 0-1 0-1 0, Hamilton 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 31-68 17-21 85.

Halftime — Westminster 43, WWU 13. 3-point goals — WWU 3-8 (Luckett 2-3, Greenidge 1-3, Heinrich 0-1, Patterson 0-1), Westminster 6-25 (Drecksel 0-1, Orchard 0-1, Moon 2-5, Hayter 0-2, Pryor 1-5, Skidmore 0-2, Raibird 2-6, Perry 1-3). Total fouls — Westminster 21, WWU 18. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — WWU 37 (Thorn 6, Lattimore 6), Westminster 36 (Hamilton 8). Turnovers — WWU 29, Westminster 10. Assists — Westminster 12 (Brown 3, Moon 3), WWU 6 (Thorn 2).

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