LEWISTON, Idaho – Scoring only six points during a 12-plus minute stretch of the second half proved to be the downfall for the Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball team as the Warriors fell to Rocky Mountain College 65-63 in Frontier Conference play at the LCSC Activity Center on Thursday night.
The Warriors took their largest lead of the night at 47-39 on a 3-pointer from Nick Fromm with 14:24 remaining in the second half. Over the next 12:09, however, the Warriors were outscored 24-6, which enabled RMC to grab a 63-53 lead with a little more than two minutes remaining.
“Things just came to a screeching halt for us,” LCSC coach Brandon Rinta said. “I’m not sure if there was a lid on the hoop, but we just had a hard time scoring.”
LCSC, 12-5 overall and 1-2 in league play, suffered a similar scoring lapse a week ago in a loss to Montana Tech.
Still, the Warriors made things interesting. Spencer Drury hit a 3-pointer and added a free throw later with 1:23 left to make it 63-58. Fromm later scored on a rebound and with RMC having a rough time at the foul line, the Warriors’ Donte Archie made things interesting with a 3-pointer. Unfortunately for LCSC, the bucket came with .2 seconds left and RMC was able to inbound the ball and get the win.
“I never know what kind of stretch we’re going to have,” Rinta said. “It’s disappointing but give Rocky credit. They did a nice job.”
The Warriors jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the start, but Rocky, now 2-1 in league and 8-9 overall, answered with an 8-0 run. LCSC didn’t lead again until PJ Bolte’s bucket with about a minute left in the first half gave the Warriors a 32-30 advantage at intermission.
LCSC came out on fire in the second half and was able to push the lead to eight before scoring just one bucket and four free throws during the 12-minute stretch. Four of the points came on one possession when Bolte was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer. He made the first two free throws, but after he missed the third one, LCSC got the rebound and Bolte was able to hit a shot. Darin Stewart provided LCSC’s only other two points with a pair of free throws.
Both teams shot the ball better from the 3-point arc than inside it. Rocky was 9-of-17 from the arc for 52.9 percent, but was 25-of-53 overall for 47.2 percent. RMC also helped LCSC stay in the game with a horrible 6-of-17 showing at the foul line.
LCSC was 9-of-19 from the arc for 47.4 percent, but 21-of-51 overall for 41.2 percent. In the second half, the Warriors were 9-of-24 from the field (37.5 percent).
LCSC did have three players in double figures. Archie led the way with 17 points, three assists, and two steals, while Bolte was one rebound short of a double-double with 15 points and nine boards. Stewart added 11 points, while Fromm had nine points and seven boards in seeing his first action after missing a couple of weeks with an injury.
Matt Fogarty led Rocky with 20 points.
The Warriors will try to bounce back in the win column on Saturday night when they play host to Carroll College. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Activity Center.