LCSC men's basketball team defeats Northwest University
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Curtis Allen scored 20 points, while Drew Arnold added 12 and Tanner McIntosh 11 to help the Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball team defeat Northwest University 75-58 in the Walla Walla University Tournament on Saturday.
The Warriors finished the tournament with a 2-0 record after defeating Bethany College 91-56 on Friday in the pre-determined schedule.
Allen, a 6-foot-3 senior guard who last played at Oral Roberts University, was named to the all-tournament team along with Arnold, a 6-10 junior transfer from Weber State, and freshman guard Terrell Wallace.
The Warriors again shot the ball well for the second straight game. They finished 32-of-57 from the field for 56.1 percent, including 5-of-12 at the 3-point line. LCSC also had a 27-23 rebounding edge and forced 21 turnovers.
LCSC assistant coach Tim Collins said the Warrior defense was the key to the game. LCSC held an opponent to less than 60 points for the first time this season and also collected 11 steals, including three from Alex Mallari.
The Warriors defense enabled the team to gain the early advantage in the contest, although a 3-pointer right before the halftime buzzer by Northwest cut the margin to 33-31 at halftime. The game then was fairly close for the first few minutes of the second half before the Warriors were able to open things up and take control.
Allen and Arnold paced the Warriors in rebounds with six apiece, while McIntosh added five. Arnold and Wallace also had four assists apiece, while Kasey Riley recorded two blocked shots.
“We playing good, solid basketball and we’re going to get better as we get used to each other,” Collins said of the Warriors, who have only four players back from last year’s Frontier Conference championship team. “The more games we play, the more comfortable we become as a unit.”
LCSC improves to 3-1 with win.
The Warriors will now take two weeks off from games and will resume play on Nov. 28-29 in the Cannon’s Building Materials Tournament. Great Falls and Northwest Oklahoma State open the tournament at 5:30 p.m., followed by Evergreen State and LCSC at 7:30 p.m. In the pre-determined schedule, Evergreen and Great Falls meet on Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m., followed by NW Oklahoma State and LCSC at 7:30 p.m.
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