Warriors can't catch up with Azusa Pacific
AZUSA, Calif. – Having to spend all but the first two minutes of the game trying to rally from behind, the Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball team never could quite get over the hump and fell to Azusa Pacific University 83-71 in nonleague action on Thursday night.
The Warriors, 7-4 overall, led 5-2 within the first two minutes of the game, but then trailed by 11, 21-10, with 13:52 remaining in the first half. LCSC then spent the rest of the game trying to overcome the deficit.
Azusa Pacific, also 7-4, pushed the lead to 35-17 for its largest in the first half, but the Warriors did make a nice comeback. LCSC answered with a 16-2 run and a layup by Alex King at the 4:53 mark made it a four-point game at 37-33.
The Cougars, however, finished the first half with an 8-0 run for a 49-37 halftime lead.
In the second half, LCSC cut the margin to six early, but 14-0 run by the Cougars made it 65-45. APU eventually led by as much as 23 in the second half.
Again, the Warriors put together a nice run, scoring 11 straight points to cut the margin to 74-70 with 5:01 remaining. The problem for LCSC is that it only scored one point the rest of the way. The Warriors went 0-for-7 from the field with four turnovers during the final five minutes.
LCSC finished the game 27-of-59 from the field for 45.8 percent and was just 4-of-21 from the 3-point line for 19 percent. APU was 29-of-61 from the field for 47.5 percent and 7-of-20 from the 3-point line for 35 percent.
LCSC also was outrebounded 45-30 in the contest.
Terrell Wallace, Markus Monroe, and Daniel Williams finished with 14 points apiece for the Warriors. Williams also had eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Wallace had three assists and four steals.
Dominique Johnson led APU with 19 points, while Reggie Owens finished with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Warriors are back in action on Friday night when they play Point Loma Nazarene at 7:30 p.m. at Hope International University.