The 9-0 Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball team travels to one of the marquee venues in all of college basketball on Thursday, as it takes on Gonzaga in the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane in an exhibition contest.
Gonzaga, ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press Top 25, is also unbeaten at 6-0, and feature as talented a lineup as coach Mark Few as had in his 13th season running the Bulldog program.
The Warriors, who won both of their games at the Flagship Inn Classic, hosted by Southern Oregon on Nov. 23-24, are off to the best start in program history in 2012-13 under second-year head coach Brandon Rinta.
LCSC is led by senior forward P.J. Bolte, who averages 19.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, and junior guard Jacob Champoux, who has scored 13.8 points per game while shooting 53.9 percent from the field.
For the Bulldogs, who won their second consecutive Old Spice Classic championship last weekend in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., senior forward Elias Harris averages 15.7 points per game, and sophomore guard Kevin Pangos scores 12.2 points per game.
Without a player taller than 6-foot-6, the Warriors will have a definite size disadvantage against Gonzaga’s roster which features four players 6-foot-8 or taller including 7-foot junior Kelly Olynyk and 7-foot-1 freshman Przemek Karnowski.
The game will be televised on KHQ-TV and on ROOT Sports in the five-state region of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Alaska. Greg Heister will handle the play-by-play with Richard Fox and Dan Dickau serving as analysts.
Links to live stats and audio will also be available at www.lcsc.edu/athletics.