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Lewis-Clark State defeats No. 19 Montana Western

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The Lewis-Clark State Warriors defeated the University of Montana Western Bulldogs 75-63 in a men’s basketball game at the Activity Center in Lewiston, Idaho Saturday night. By Lowell Peterson  The Lewis-Clark State Warriors defeated the University of Montana Western Bulldogs 75-63 in a men’s basketball game at the Activity Center in Lewiston, Idaho Saturday night. The Warriors built a 10-4 lead on three-pointers by PJ Bolte, Darin Stewart and Donte Archie. The Bulldogs responded with a 10-0 run to go up 14-10 with 15:22 on the clock behind five points from Brandon Brown, two by Kyle Erickson and a three-pointer from Tyler Miller. L-C State regained the lead and another three by Stewart pushed the score to 25-19 with 8:56 left in the opening period. Six straight points by Brown tied the game for the third time at 25-all two minutes later. Brown picked up his third foul at the 4:55 mark and with Brown on the bench the Warriors outscored the Bulldogs 13-7 to end the half with a 42-34 lead. L-C State maintained the lead the entire second half. The Bulldogs got to within six points on two occasions, the last time at 62-56 with 9:27 to play on a field goal by Miller. The Warriors outscored the Bulldogs 13-2 over the next six minutes to take a 17 point lead, 75-58, with 3:20 to play. A two-pointer by Jordan Overstreet and a three by JC Isakson of the Bulldogs closed out the scoring and accounted for the final 12 point margin. Miller had a good shooting night (7-9 field goals, 3-4 on threes) and led the Bulldogs with 17 points and six rebounds. Brown had 17 points and three steals and Erickson finished with 11 points. Tyler Hurley was the assists leader with five. As a team Montana Western shot .490 (25-51) from the field, .375 (6-16) on three pointers and .500 (7-14) from the free throw line.  Five players scored in double figures for the Warriors. Bolte led the way with 13 points, Stewart scored 12, Archie had 11 and Nick Fromm and Danny Marshall each finished with 10. Bolte was the rebound leader with eight and Jeray Key had a team high four assists. L-C State was .438 (28-64) from the field, .440 (11-25) from beyond the three point line and .571 (8-14) on free throws. Lewis-Clark State improved to 15-8 overall and 4-5 in the Frontier Conference. Montana Western fell to 18-7 overall and 6-3 in the conference. The Bulldogs next two games will be at home against Montana-State Northern (6-2, 20-4) on Feb. 10 and the University of Great Falls (4-4, 16-7) on Feb. 11. Both games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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