Defense again paves the
Warrior men in 67-50 win
Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball
team put on another defensive clinic
Saturday night and opened Frontier
Conference season play with a big 67-50 win
over Westminster College at the LCSC
Warriors, ranked among the defensive leaders
in the NAIA in several categories, held
Westminster to nearly 20 points below its
season average in points and its season
worst shooting percentage. What makes this
so impressive is that Westminster was picked
to win the conference in a preseason vote of
the league coaches.
was the ninth in 10 games for the Warriors,
who have allowed an average of only 51.4
points during that stretch. LCSC is 12-4
overall, while Westminster falls to 8-8.
(Jared Tikker going up
strong during the 2nd half)
LCSC sputtered the first few minutes of both
halves, LCSC didn’t give the Griffins much
room to breathe. Westminster hit only
13-of-44 shots from the field, 29.5 percent,
and was only 4-of-22 from the 3-point line,
18.2 percent. The Warriors also held a
37-31 rebounding advantage and forced 20
of the Griffins’ 50 points came at the
which ranks seventh in the NAIA in points
allowed per game at 59.6, limited
Westminster to 17 first-half points in
taking a 31-17 lead. Still, the Griffins
fought back 47-41 with 9:18 left in the
game, but LCSC proceeded to go on a 15-3 run
over the next six minutes to put the game
guard Teran Lee led the Warriors with 18
points and four steals, while Chris Pitts
had 13 points and tied freshman point guard
Napoleon Gordon with a team-high nine
rebounds. Gordon added three steals and six
joined fellow posts Mike Gordy and Jared
Tikker in helping the Warriors control the
inside game, which included getting
Westminster in foul trouble early in the
game. The Warriors responded by hitting
22-of-28 free throws.
21-of-50 shots from the field and only
3-of-16 at the 3-point line.
Sanchez had 20 points and nine rebounds to
pace Westminster, while Danny Stosich had a
game-high 14 boards.
back in action next weekend for two road
games, playing at the University of Great
Falls Friday and then Montana State
University-Northern in Havre on Saturday.
Both games begin at 7 p.m.