Monroe, Warriors get the best of Point Loma
FULLERTON, Calif. – Markus Monroe dropped in a season-high 29 points to help push the Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball team to an 82-64 win over Point Loma Nazarene University on Friday night. The Warriors bolted to a 17-1 lead and never lost the lead from there.
Monroe set the tone of the game by hitting a 3-pointer on the very first possession of the game, and by about five minutes later the Warriors, who are now 8-4, boasted a 16 point lead.
Utilizing a 49 percent mark from the field, the Warriors carried their lead to 46-28 at halftime, and led by as much as 20 in the second half.
"Point Loma is a good team, and it was great to get a win," said LCSC assistant coach Tim Collins. "Our team did a good job of attacking the rim. Shooting 40 free throws on the road will really help you win a lot of games."
Monroe’s performance was complemented by the double-double of Tanner McIntosh. The 6-foot-8 forward scored 12 points and added a game-high 11 rebounds.
LCSC, which was outscored 42-20 in points in the paint, relied on its ability to make good passes, find the open man, and knock down the shot. Daniel Williams and Terrell Wallace led the Warriors’ passing efforts and finished with five assists apiece. Williams also had 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Warriors were able to shutdown the Sea Lions perimeter attack while establishing an outside presence of their own. LCSC was 8-of-21 from 3-point territory, and Point Loma was 1-of-11.
Besides scoring a ton of points, Monroe also did his part on the defensive end and collected team-highs of three steals and three blocks.
LCSC’s Derek Gianukakis, who was 3-of-5 from behind the arc, and Alex King also reached double-digits in scoring as they had 11 and 10 points respectively.
Without 7-foot center James Craft, who sat out with an earache, the Warriors relied on King and Greg Shepard to fill the void on the boards. King finished with eight rebounds, and Shepard had four.
"We were a little shorthanded, but Tanner, Alex, and Greg really played well," said Collins. "All three of them as a unit did a great job."
Point Loma, which shot 37.1 percent in the game, was outrebounded 44-34, but did manage to score 21 points off of LCSC’s 18 turnovers.
PLNU’s James Hancock had team-highs of 15 points and six rebounds. Point Loma, which is now 2-7, had four players score in double-digits.
Up next on the Warriors’ schedule is a game against the University of Wisconsin-Stout at home on Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. After this contest, LCSC will take on the University of Idaho in an exhibition game in Boise, Idaho, on Dec. 29.