Warriors fall 73-51 to WSU in exhibition game
PULLMAN, Wash. – Plagued by a slow start, the Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball team was defeated by Washington State University 73-51 in an exhibition game at WSU’s Friel Court on Monday night.
Similar to last year’s exhibition game between the two teams which saw WSU jump to a 12-0 lead, LCSC fell into a 13-0 hole in the first five minutes against the Cougars on Monday.
Different than last year’s contest, however, was the way the Warriors bounced back. After being down by 13, the Warriors outscored WSU, a member of the NCAA Division I Pac-10 Conference,10-4 over the next four minutes to cut the lead to 17-10.
LCSC, an NAIA school, found more ways to score this year against the Cougars than they did last year when they were thumped 76-31.
Senior Daniel Williams led the way for the Warriors as he finished with 15 points on a 5-for-10 night from the field including a 2-for-3 mark from behind the 3-point line. A layup from Williams brought the score to 25-16 with 6:04 left in the first half, but from there WSU began to build toward a 42-24 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Warriors offense was boosted by Tanner McIntosh who scored eight points in the half and finished with a near double-double of nine points and nine rebounds. McIntosh also had a block.
Overall, eight Warriors scored three points or more in the game. James Craft was second on the team in rebounding as he grabbed six rebounds, including three offensive. LCSC finished with 16 offensive boards on the night, while WSU had eight.
Klay Thompson led a Cougar offense which outshot the Warriors 56-percent (30-of-54) to 26-percent (16-of-62) with 19 points. He shot 6-for-9 from the field and 4-for-4 from 3-point territory. Casto DeAngelo added 14 points, and a team-leading 11 rebounds.
LCSC, which is 2-0 on the season, resumes play on Friday as it hosts a four-team tournament which includes Vanguard University, Warner Pacific University, and Carroll College. Vanguard will face Carroll on Friday at 4 p.m. followed by an LCSC-Warner Pacific matchup at 8 p.m. Then on Saturday, Warner Pacific and Carroll will square off at 2 p.m., and LCSC and Vanguard will play at 6 p.m.
Due to the Frontier Conference Volleyball Tournament being held at the Lewis-Clark State College Activity Center, all of the tournament games will be played at Lewiston High School. Also, held at LHS on Friday and Saturday will be the Staples Classic hosted by the LCSC women’s basketball team.
The Staples Classic, a four-team tournament featuring Azusa Pacific, Warner Pacific, and Corban College, will hold games at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, and 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday.