Upcoming tournament features
No. 2 team in the nation
The highest-ranked men’s
basketball team to visit the LCSC Activity
Center will happen this week during the
four-team Cannon’s Building Material Center
Tournament. Oklahoma City, which finished
second in last year’s NAIA national
tournament, is ranked No. 2 in the current
The Stars will take on
Montana State-Northern Friday at 6 p.m.,
followed by LCSC and Corban College of
Salem, Ore., at 8 p.m. In the pre-determined
format so that the two Frontier Conference
schools won’t face each other, MSU-Northern
will meet Corban at 6 p.m. on Saturday,
followed by LCSC and Oklahoma City at 8 p.m.
The Stars stand at 5-0
overall and will play host to Sterling of
Kansas on Tuesday night before departing for
the Lewiston tournament. Last season, the
Stars overcame a 6-5 start with a 14-game
win streak and eventually finished 29-8
under first-year coach Ray Harper and a spot
in the title game, the program’s fifth
appearance. OCU won national titles in 1991,
’92, ’94 and ’96.
Harper coached at
Kentucky-Wesleyan prior to OCU and led the
team to six consecutive appearances in the
NCAA Division II national championship game.
During his career, he record five
consecutive 30-plus win seasons during
1998-2002 and reached 200 victories in just
LCSC brings a 2-2 record into
the contest, while Corban stands 1-4 on the
season with a game on Tuesday against
Linfield College prior to the tournament.
Montana State-Northern is 3-4 overall.
The Warriors, who are coming
off an 85-70 exhibition loss, are led in
scoring by Mike Gordy. He’s averaging 19.3
points per game, while Teran Lee is
averaging 11.0. Gordy also tops the team in
rebounding at 5.5 per outing.