LEWISTON, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State College’s men’s basketball team started the new year off on the right foot overwhelming Northwest Indian College 147-47 – the second largest scoring margin in school history and the second highest point total.
The tone was set in the first three minutes of the Saturday afternoon game at the Activity Center when the Warriors rolled to an 11-0 lead before NWIC hit its first field goal with 17:02 left in the opening half. From that point on, LC rarely missed in shooting 70.4 percent (57 of 81) from the field – third highest in school history. They also broke the LC mark for 3-point goals with 22.
“We’ll take that shooting every night for sure,” coach Austin Johnson said after the 13th-ranked Warriors improved to 12-1. “Guys were open. Guys were in rhythm.”
Saturday’s game was the first for LC since Dec. 16. For the Warriors, Johnson said, live action was a break from their daily post-holiday routine.
“This is the first time we’ve been able to go five-on-five since we got back from Christmas,” he said. “It was good to be able to go five-on-five, go up and down, have officials, have people in the stands. I know they’re tired of listening to nothing but me.”
Every Warrior scored with Damek Mitchell leading the way with 30 and Jaxon Hughes adding 27. Each had seven 3-point goals – two shy of Bob Sobotta’s nine in the 1988-89 season. Joining them with double digits on the afternoon were Conner Moffatt (19), Khalil Stevenson (16), Trystan Bradley (14), Hodges Bailey (14) and Jake Albright (11).
Stevenson’s 11 rebounds led the Warriors and he was just short of a triple-double with nine assists. Moffatt had 10 rebounds as LC dominated 56-20.
“I was pleased with how we played and the contributions from everyone,” Johnson said. “Credit to our guys, they maintained focus the entire 40 minutes.”
And the didn’t deter from their mantra.
“Regardless of who the opponent is, respect the opponent,” Johnson said, “and play hard.”