SPOKANE, Wash. – An 18-4 run to start the second half put the Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball team too far behind against Gonzaga University at an exhibition game on Thursday night.
The Warriors kept pace with the NCAA Division I Bulldogs for the first eight minutes of the game but Gonzaga shot a season-high 60.7 percent from the field and won by a final score of 103-61.
Elias Harris recorded game highs of 19 points and nine rebounds to lead Gonzaga. Six other Bulldogs also scored in double-digits including Mathis Monninghoff who had season highs of five 3-pointers and 15 points. Kelly Olynyk added a career-high 14 points, Robert Sacre 13, Sam Dower 12 and David Stockton 10.
Donte Roberts was the only Warrior to score in double-digits as he dropped in 12 points and had four rebounds. David Johnson had nine points and three rebounds, Alex King had eight points, five rebounds and a block, and Ray Stout came off the bench to collect two points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Considering a large height advantage for Gonzaga, the Warriors did a relatively good job of rebounding and finished with 35 boards to Gonzaga’s 40. The areas the hurt the Warriors the most were turnovers and shooting percentage. LCSC gave up 16 turnovers to Gonzaga’s 11, and shot just 32.3 percent from the field.
Gonzaga finished with 27 assists and was 12-of-19 from 3-point territory.
The Warriors’ only lead in the game came at the 14:32 mark when a jumper by Jeray Key made the score 11-10. From this point LCSC was outscored 42-20 and trailed 52-31 at the half.
For Lewis-Clark State, an NAIA school, the game was scheduled as an exhibition contest and does not alter its overall record of 7-2. Gonzaga, on the other hand, scheduled the contest as a regular season game and now stands at 5-5 on the season.
The Warriors will have to brush off the loss and get ready to hit the courts again in a hurry as the Life Flight Network Holiday Tournament kicks on Friday. Friday will feature MSU-Northern and Azusa Pacific, ranked No. 10 in the NAIA, playing at 5:30 p.m., and LCSC facing Portland Bible at 7:30. On Saturday, the four-team round-robin tournament will pit Portland Bible against MSU-Northern at 5:30, and Azusa Pacific against LCSC at 7:30.