LEWISTON, Idaho – The No. 11 Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball team closed out 2012 with a second consecutive dominant win over Concordia (Alberta) on Monday. The Warriors pummeled the Thunder 112-46.
The victory lifts LCSC to 16-0 on the year, a record which far surpasses the program’s previous best start of 5-0 in 2007-08.
Compared to the Warriors’ 104-27 win over Concordia on Sunday, Monday’s game featured an uptick in offense for both teams.
“They were more comfortable and more confident and that was the difference in the score,” Warrior head coach Brandon Rinta said about Concordia’s stronger showing on the offensive end.
LCSC also saw an increase in scoring and finished with its highest point total since its 114-54 win over Alberta-Augustana last year.
Post players P.J. Bolte and Danny Marshall (pictured above) led the way. Bolte had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds and Marshall had a season-high 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting. The Warriors had a 72-16 advantage in points scored in the paint.
“He was really active and they didn’t really have an answer for him,” Rinta said about Marshall. “He got us going early.”
The Warriors outshot the Thunder 59.5 to 38.5 percent, and also hit 9-of-19 shots from the outside (47.4 percent). LCSC also had the luxury of a 52-14 advantage in rebounds which led to a 24-0 lead in second chance points.
Overall, seven Warriors scored in double digits including Robert Ellis (12), Kale Schmidt (12), Derrick Wofford (11), Nick Fromm (10), and Jacob Champoux (10).
Dallas Wright led Concordia (6-5) with 26 points.
Ellis, who also had eight assists and eight steals, went 1-of-2 at the free throw line and saw his impressive perfect streak at the line this year come to an end. He entered the game 26-of-26.
The Warriors resume Frontier Conference action on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. when they host No. 7 Westminster. The Griffins are off to a fantastic start and stand at 13-1 after taking down No. 5 Westmont 78-71 last week.
“We have two days to prepare for Westminster, and our guys are really excited about it,” said Rinta. “It’s a big game. Our guys have answered every bell so far this season, and on Thursday is a big one.”
Thursday is billed as Dollar Night at the Activity Center and will feature $1 admission, hot dogs, soft drinks and popcorn. The event is a doubleheader as the Warrior women will face the No. 5-ranked Westminster women at 5:30 p.m.