LEWISTON, Idaho – The Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball team took it to Alberta-Augustana for the second straight night, attacking the paint on offense and swarming on defense in a 99-33 victory on Saturday in the Activity Center.
The Warriors shot over 50 percent from the field again on Saturday, and 60 of their points came from inside the key. All evening, LCSC used their size to muscle the Vikings down low and their speed and aggressiveness to force turnovers that led to layups.
Lewis-Clark State forced 25 turnovers in the game that turned into 39 points on the other end of the floor. Alberta-Augustana did not have a scorer break double figures, and shot just 24 percent (13 for-55).
For the second night in a row, Warrior coach Brandon Rinta started both halves with a lineup of all first-year players – four junior college transfers and a redshirt freshman – but when he inserted a second group of returners Nick Fromm, Donte Archie and P.J. Bolte four minutes in, things took off.
“That second crew gave us a little bit more energy,” Rinta said. “It’s tough to turn around and play the same team a second night in a row, but I think our guys did a pretty good job with it.”
Fromm was a force on the block in the first half, notching all 10 of his points in the opening stanza. The 6-foot-6 senior also grabbed five rebounds, four of which were offensive.
The burly forward has been battling plantar fasciitis early in the season, but was effective in short bursts.
“It’s a little bit difficult for him to warm back up again, so we might have to pace him a little bit more in the early part of the season,” Rinta said. “It drives you crazy as a coach, but if he has a little bit more pop in his step, we’ll take it.”
Joseph Moquino was also impressive on Saturday, scoring 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting, and leading the Warriors with 12 rebounds from his guard position.
“He brings so much energy, and he’s just a tough kid,” Rinta said of the transfer from Southwestern Oregon Community College. “Even when he’s making mistakes, they’re at 100 miles per hour, and when the shortest guy on the floor leads you in rebounds, that speaks volumes.”
Jacob Champoux led the Warriors with 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting, and Derrick Wofford chipped in 13 as LCSC shot 53 percent (41-for-77) in the game.
Lewis-Clark State returns to action on Nov. 1 when it travels to Missoula, Mont. for an exhibition game against the University of Montana.
“It’s going to be a completely different environment,” Rinta said. “Montana is one of the powerhouse programs in the Big Sky and they have a really good basketball team back. We’re going to find out a lot about ourselves.”