DILLON, Mont. – Lewis-Clark State College became the latest victim of Montana Western’s firepower as the Bulldogs shot near 60 percent from the field to roll past the Warriors 86-66 in a Frontier Conference men’s basketball contest on Friday night.
Montana Western, ranked No. 21 in the NAIA, used a 23-4 run during the final 8:35 of the first half to turn a 24-21 deficit into a 43-28 lead at intermission. During that run, Montana Western buried eight of its first nine shots and finished 10-of-13.
LCSC never got closer than 13 in the second half while Montana Western led by as much as 29.
The Bulldogs, who improved to 2-1 in conference play and 14-5 overall, finished the game 34-of-59 from the field for 57.63 percent. UMW, however, was over the 60 percent shooting mark for most of the game before missing some shots at the end.
LCSC, which falls to 1-2 in league and 10-7 overall with its second straight loss, just didn’t have the firepower to keep up with the Bulldogs. The Warriors shot 27-of-59 from the field, 45.8 percent, and just 4-of-15 from the 3-point line, 26.7 percent. UMW was 9-of-16 from beyond the arc.
Another key factor in the game was rebounding. Montana Western held a 41-22 advantage, which led to a 9-2 scoring edge in second chance points.
LCSC again played with a think roster with only eight players. Senior guard Daniel Williams sat out the contest with a hamstring injury, which meant the Warrior bench was outscored 39-13 on the night.
Markus Monroe, a junior guard, again led the Warriors in scoring with 15 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field. James Craft added 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while Tanner McIntosh also had 12 points along with three rebounds.
UMW put four players in double figures, led by Brandon Lawson’s 17 points. Lawson finished 8-of-10 from the field. Tyler Hurley added 14 points, while Brandon Brown and Terry Hauser added 13 each. Those four players combined to shoot 23-of-35 from the field, 65.7 percent.
The Warriors will attempt to get a split on their first conference road trip of the season when they travel to Butte on Saturday to face Montana Tech at 6:30 p.m., PST. Montana Tech fell to Westminster 61-52 on Friday night.
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