Warner Pacific tops LCSC men 69-66
PORTLAND, Ore. - After missing two free throws with 39 seconds left, Webster Moreland redeemed himself by making a pair with 22 seconds remaining to help Warner Pacific hold off Lewis-Clark State College 69-66 in a nonconference men's basketball contest on Wednesday night.
LCSC, 1-1 on the season, had a chance to tie the contest but Jared Giammona missed a 3-point shot with 10 seconds remaining. Warner Pacific was able to get the rebound and run out the clock to win its season opener.
The loss was a disappointing setback for the Warriors, who led by as much as nine points in the first half before settling for a 31-24 advantage at halftime. LCSC kept the lead for the first part of the second half, but Warner Pacific was able to put together a 10-0 run to turn a 43-41 deficit into a 51-43 advantage.
The Knights led by as much as 10 in the second half at 64-54, but the Warriors climbed back into the contest with an 11-3 run, capped by Donnie Lao's 3-pointer with 1:33 left that cut the Knights' lead to 67-65.
Both teams then missed 3-pointer attempts before Webster missed two free throws with 39 seconds remaining. Warner Pacific, however, got the offensive rebound on the second miss, which set up Moreland's two free throws and a 69-65 lead.
LCSC's Devon Adams was fouled with 11 seconds left and hit the first of two free throws. He missed the second one, but got his own rebound and passed to Giammona, who missed the 3-point attempt. Warner Pacific got the rebound and was able to run out the clock for the win.
David Johnson scored 11 of his game-high 18 point in the second half, while Adams finished with 13 points. Alex King and Lao had eight points apiece and King grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, while Johnson and Adams had five each. Jeray Key added six points and six assists.
Both teams didn't shoot that well, but Warner Pacific did hit 14-of-25 shots in the second half for 64 percent. In the first half, the Knights were just 8-of-31 for 25.8 percent and finished the game 22-of-56 for 39.3 percent.
LCSC was 22-of-64 from the field for 34.4 percent, including 4-of-22 from the 3-point line, 18.2 percent.
Warner Pacific had a small 47-43 rebounding edge and both teams finished with 14 turnovers.
Warner Pacific, which didn't have a player with more than six points at halftime, finished with four players in double figures and just six players in the scoring column. Eleven of the 13 Warriors who played in the game scored at least two points.
LCSC, which defeated Portland Bible College 102-54 on Tuesday night, was playing its fifth game in seven days. The first three games were exhibition contests against NCAA Division I teams.
The Warriors will make it six games in nine days when they play host to Southern Oregon University on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Clarkston High School's Kramer Gym. The contest is at CHS because of the Frontier Conference volleyball tournament being held at the LCSC Activity Center.