LEWISTON, Idaho – Senior forward Tanner McIntosh hit a pair of free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining to help the Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball team to an 83-82 nonleague win over Walla Walla University at the LCSC Activity Center on Saturday night.
The victory marked the second time in three weeks the Warriors defeated the Wolves. On Dec. 12, LCSC claimed an 89-74 win at
LCSC, which snapped a three-game losing streak at home, appeared to be headed to another possible double-digit victory over the Wolves as the Warriors led 81-73 with 3:46 left. But LCSC guard Jared Giammona missed two free throws, which started a long scoreless spell for the Warriors.
The Wolves gradually climbed back into the game as Tristan Greenidge hit a pair of free throws at the 3:11 mark and Tristan Edwards buried a 3-pointer with 1:42 left to cut the margin to 81-78.
LCSC’s Daniel Williams then missed two free throws, and a field goal by Ryan Spady made it 81-80 at the 1:02 mark.
The Warriors then worked the ball around to McIntosh, who went up for a layup but missed with 39 seconds left. WWU grabbed the rebound, and after a time out, worked time off the clock before Spady again came up big with a short jumper in the paint with four seconds left to give the Wolves their first lead since the 6:36 mark of the first half.
LCSC was able to move the ball up the court and the 6-foot-8 McIntosh caught an alley-oop pass near the basket. He tried to get a shot off but was pushed from behind by WWU’s Marc Gupilan, who was called for the foul. McIntosh then made both free throws and
The contest was the final non Frontier Conference game of the season for the Warriors, who improved to 9-5 overall, while the Wolves slip to 7-14.
The Wolves looked especially good early as they jumped out to a 16-7 lead five minutes into the game. After LCSC cut the margin to 21-20, the Wolves got it back to seven at 31-24 at the midway point of the half. LCSC again fought back and took the lead at 37-35 on a jumper by Terrell Wallace at the 5:06 mark of the first half. LCSC never trailed again until the final seconds.
McIntosh was one of five players in double figures for LCSC. He finished with 15 points as did Derek Gianukakis and Markus Monroe, while Williams had 13 and Wallace 12. All eight Warriors who played in the game scored at least two points and had at least one rebound. Alex King led LCSC on the board with six, while Williams added seven assists and a steal. Giammona added four assists and four steals.
The game stats were fairly even. Both teams had 18 turnovers, while WWU had a 33-32 rebounding edge.
For the game, LCSC was 29-of-58 from the field for an even 50 percent, while WWU was 28-of-60 for 46.7 percent. The Wolves were 9-of-21 from the3-point line, while LCSC was only 3-of-12.
LCSC returns to action on Thursday when it kicks off conference action by playing host to the