LCSC BASKETBALL; LCSC men stunned by Orediggers
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BUTTE, Mont. -- Lewis-Clark State hit a late-season road
bump Friday night, losing to a team that had won only one previous Frontier
Conference men's basketball game.
Montana Tech upset the 24th-ranked Warriors 83-76.
With Davin Blixt scoring 18 points in the first half, the Orediggers led
19-10 at one point and continued to find their way to the basket as the
Warriors gradually came back.
"We didn't really guard -- we just kept scoring," LCSC coach George
Blixt wound up with 33 points for Montana Tech (7-22, 2-11).
The Warriors (21-8, 9-4) will probably wind up with the No. 3 seed in the
conference tournament at Butte next week.
Lewis-Clark State led briefly in the second half, but missed an open
3-pointer while trailing 76-74.
"The bottom line in the second half was that we didn't defensive
rebound," Pfeifer said. "We gave them second and third shots. I'll bet that
happened seven times in the last 12 or 13 possessions."
Skyler Wilson of LCSC was too battered to make an appearance, and three
Warriors fouled out.
It was only the second time since Nov. 12 that the Warriors have allowed
70 or more points. Heading into this contest, they were allowing an average
of 59.1 points per game -- the fourth-best mark in the NAIA.
Statistics were unavailable because of technical problems at Butte.