Warriors finish with flurry
By MATT BANEY OF THE
After five consecutive losses -- some of
which came in bewildering fashion -- the
Lewis-Clark State men were bound to
encounter some good karma. And in their
regular-season finale Saturday night, they
finally met up with it.
The Warriors went bananas from 3-point
range, burying 13 of 25 attempts in an 82-57
destruction of Montana-Western at the
Besides snapping that troubling losing
streak, this victory seems to give LCSC a
nudge of momentum heading into the Frontier
Conference tournament at Butte, Mont. The
sixth-seeded Warriors (13-15, 6-8) will take
on No. 3 Rocky Mountain in a first-round
contest Thursday at 3 p.m. PST.
In order to make its third consecutive
trip to the NAIA national tournament, LCSC
will have to win the FC tournament.
"We really wanted to come in tonight and
send a message to Western and the rest of
the conference," said Jonathan Burnett, who
went 6-for-8 from 3-point range and scored
23 points. "We think -- the 12 guys in here
plus the coaching staff -- we think that
we're better than the sixth seed in the
At least offensively, this was a complete
turnaround for the Warriors. They started
this week averaging 69.7 points per game --
the lowest mark in the conference, and near
the back end of the national rankings.
But they popped some offensive fireworks
near the end of the first half. In a 4
1/2-minute span, LCSC hashed out a 16-3
blitz, which included two 3-pointers from
Burnett, one from Keith Scarbrough and a
three-point play by Spencer Bishop.
The run gave the Warriors a 12-point
halftime lead, and they spent the second
half expanding the margin.
So why did this keen shooting touch
"I think they were determined to come out
and end on a better note," LCSC coach Tim
Walker said. "It just all starts with your
attitude and competing. If you're competing
and you're on an edge all the time, you're
going to make shots."
During the losing streak, the Warriors
really were trying to score, Burnett said.
"I just don't want people to get the
wrong idea, like we haven't been busting our
butts and working hard every day," the
6-foot-2 point guard said. "Just sometimes
the ball just doesn't got through the
basket. We have been going through that
non-shooting-itis ... or whatever you want
to call it."
The Warriors also got 16 points from
Scarbrough, who connected on four
3-pointers, and 11 from Bishop. Jared Tikker
added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Warriors, who have the lowest
points-against average in the NAIA, limited
the Bulldogs (13-17, 7-7) to 35.8-percent
"If we can keep people at 60," Walker
said, "we always feel we're going to be in
the game and have a chance to win it."
NOTES -- Most of the LCSC fans in
attendance were probably surprised when two
seniors were honored before the game.
Bishop, a former junior transfer, has been
with the program for two years. But Burnett,
who only joined the Warriors this season,
and only became eligible to play after the
fall semester, is also ending his career.
His junior listing in the LCSC program is
incorrect, Walker said.
MONTANA-WESTERN (13-17, 7-7)
Feenstra 2-5 1-2 5, Cox 3-13 2-2 9,
Palmer 4-11 2-2 12, Graham 1-4 0-0 3,
Morales 5-9 5-6 15, Hartman 2-5 0-0 5, Lagge
0-1 1-2 1, Ori 2-5 2-2 7. Totals 19-53 13-16
LEWIS-CLARK STATE (13-15, 6-8)
Tikker 6-11 1-4 13, Pitts 1-3 0-0 2,
Scarbrough 6-12 0-0 16, Burnett 7-13 3-4 23,
Bishop 4-6 3-3 11, Durrett 2-6 2-2 7, Brooks
1-4 0-0 3, Orr 0-1 0-0 0, Thompson 1-3 2-3
4, Ward 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 29-63 11-16 82.
Halftime score -- LCSC 38, UMW 26.
Three-point goals -- UMW 6-19 (Cox 1-5,
Palmer 2-6, Graham 1-2, Morales 0-1, Hartman
1-2, Ori 1-3); LCSC 13-25 (Tikker 0-1,
Scarbrough 4-9, Burnett 6-8, Bishop 0-1,
Durrett 1-1, Brooks 1-3, Orr 0-1, Ward 1-1).
Rebounds -- UMW 30 (Graham 6); LCSC 41 (Tikker
11). Assists -- UMW 12 (Hartman 4); LCSC 16
(Tikker 4). Total fouls -- UMW 13; LCSC 12.
Technical fouls -- none. Fouled out -- none.