LEWISTON, Idaho – Holding Lewis-Clark State to two field goals over the final seven minutes of the game, the Carroll College men’s basketball team rallied to claim an 82-70 victory in Frontier Conference play at the LCSC Activity Center on Saturday night.
A three-point play by LCSC junior guard Markus Monroe gave the Warriors a 56-55 advantage with 7:26 remaining, but the Saints went on to outscore the Warriors 27-13 the rest of the way to claim the victory.
The setback was the second one at home for LCSC that it lost down the stretch. The Warriors are now 11-9 overall and 2-4 in conference play, while Carroll improved to 9-10 overall and 2-3 in league play.
LCSC got off to a great start in the contest and enjoyed its biggest lead of the night at 9-2. The Warriors kept the lead until Ben Cutler made one of two free throws to tie the game at 25 with 4:01 left in the half and then Chris Medina completed an 8-0 Saints run with a bucket to give Carroll its first lead at 27-25.
The Saints also scored the final four points of the first half for a 33-30 halftime lead.
LCSC’s Tanner McIntosh and Daniel Williams came to life in the second half. After Williams had two points while McIntosh was held scoreless in the first half, the two combined for 23 points in the second half, doing almost all of their damage inside.
In fact, the Warriors had 26 of their 40 second-half points inside the paint while the other 14 came at the foul line.
McIntosh had his 12 points in the first eight minutes of the second half, while Williams had six as the two scored the Warriors’ first 18 points and helped the team to a 48-44 advantage.
The Warriors biggest lead of the second half was 51-46 and Monroe’s three-point play at the 7:26 mark gave LCSC its one point lead.
The Warriors, however, made only 2-of-7 shots down the stretch and also had two turnovers. The Warriors did make 10-of-14 free-throw attempts, but Carroll buried 17-of-20 attempts in the final 5:07 of the game to pull away.
Carroll finished the game 27-of-37 at the foul line for 72.9 percent and also was 9-of-20 from the 3-point line for 45 percent. LCSC was 16-of-22 at the foul line for 72.7 percent and 2-of-15 at the 3-point line, 13.3 percent. In all, LCSC was outscored 54-22 at the 3-point and foul lines. The Warriors did have a 38-20 advantage in scoring in the paint.
Carroll had two players finish with double-doubles. Andy Garland had a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Chase Godecke finished with 11 points, 10 boards, and two blocked shots. The two helped Carroll to a 36-29 rebounding advantage in the game.
Ben Cutler also finished in double figures with 19 points, while Chris Medina added 12 along with six assists.
Carroll finished the game 23-of-49 from the field for 46.9 percent.
LCSC was paced by a double-double from McIntosh. Along with his 12 points he had 11 rebounds and one blocked shot. Monroe led LCSC in scoring with 16 points, while Williams added 13. Terrell Wallace had 10 of LCSC’s 20 assists.
The Warriors were 26-of-56 from the field for 46.4 percent, but all nine players in the game scored at least two points.
LCSC resumes action next Saturday night when it completes the first round of FC play at home against Westminster. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.