BILLINGS, Mont. - James Bullock hit three 3-pointers in the opening three minutes of the second half and the final one started a nine-point run to help the Rocky Mountain College men's basketball team stop Lewis-Clark State 84-60 in Frontier Conference play on Thursday night.
RMC led 40-33 at halftime, but after LCSC cut the margin to four, Bullock hit a pair of back-to-back 3-pointers to make it a 46-36 lead. He later added another 3-pointer to start a 9-0 run, which helped the Bears open up a 58-39 advantage. LCSC was never closer than 12 the rest of the way and the Bears led by as much as 26.
The 24-point loss is the worst of the season for LCSC.
With the win, RMC improves to 2-2 in league play and 13-6 overall. LCSC falls to 2-3 in league play and 8-7 overall.
The Warriors had their hands full defensively in the contest. LCSC gave up 10 3-pointers to Rocky in the game, including five to Bullock. The Bears were 10-of-22 from the 3-point line and 30-of-60 (50 percent) overall from the field. Despite shooting only 43 percent from the field in the first half, the Bears were able to put up 40 points. RMC hit 18-of-32 shots in the second half (56 percent).
LCSC entered the game allowing only 66 points per conference game, but RMC hit that mark with more than seven minutes remaining in the contest.
LCSC is now 1-7 in games where it has allowed 67 or more points in a game, including 0-5 in games where it has allowed 80 or more points.
The Bears also took advantage of rebounds and free throws in Thursday's contest. Rocky Mountain had a 36-24 edge on the boards, including a 9-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. RMC also went to the foul line19 times and converted 14, compared to a 3-of-7 effort by LCSC.
Bullock finished with a game-high 22 points, while Devin Uskoski added 17 and Nate Richardson 12.
Senior guard Curtis Allen led the Warriors with 18 points, but only three coming in the second half when the Warriors went 10-of-29 from the field. Freshman point guard Terrell Wallace scored a season-high 10 points, while senior post Drew Arnold also had 10 points.
The Warriors finished the game 24-of-56 from the field for 42.9 percent, and 9-of-22 from the 3-point line.
The Warriors return to action on Saturday night in Helena, Mont., against Carroll College at 7 p.m. The Warriors will then play at top-ranked Westminster on the following Saturday, Jan. 31, before having five of their final seven games at home.