GLENDALE, AZ - The seventh ranked Lewis-Clark State Men’s Basketball team wrapped up its Arizona road trip with a 76-50 victory over the Park-Gilbert (Ariz.) Buccaneers. Led by 16 points from Trystan Bradley, the Warriors improved to 10-1 on the season after a 4-1 road swing.
“This was a great finish to our road trip,” Head Coach Austin Johnson said. “We are very thankful our administration helped provide this opportunity for our student-athletes. It was a special week on and off the court and I was encouraged by how we finished things off today.”
After on opening basket by Park, Jake Albright found Khalil Stevenson to even the contest 2-2. Damek Mitchell hit a 3 at 16:20 to put the Warriors up 5-3, and a 3-pointer from Stevenson made it 8-7 LC State a minute later.
Stevenson’s 3 kicked off a rally of 12 that had the Warriors up 17-7 by 12:41. Silas Bennion and Nathan Fromm each added four points to the run. A three-point play by Albright grew the lead to 20-9, and back-to-back triples from Bradley and Hodges Bailey made it 26-11. Another by Bailey pushed the advantage to 29-13 at 7:16.
A pair of free throws each from Bradley and Fromm had the Warriors ahead 40-22 with 2:15 left in the half, and Albright laid one in in the final seconds to send LC State into the locker room with a 42-24 advantage.
Bailey led the Warriors at the half with nine points, all on 3-pointers, and Albright had eight points.
Bradley opened the scoring in the second half just 15 seconds in, and a steal by Stevenson turned into a basket to make it 46-24 at 18:13. Oreon Courtney pushed the Warriors to the 50-point mark with a layup, and a pair of foul shots by Mitchell gave LC State a 52-32 cushion.
Bradley made it a 30-point lead with a pair of free throws at 11:32 to put the Warriors in front 62-32, then threw down a dunk to make it 64-34. Free throws by Silas Bennion in the final minute and a half, and two dunks by Courtney sealed the deal for LC State as they wrapped up the 76-50 victory.
Bradley led the Warriors with 16 points, while Courtney added 12 with a perfect 6-for-6 finish from the floor. Bailey had 11 points including three 3-pointers. Bradley and Albright both grabbed seven rebounds and Albright led with team with four assists.
The Warriors shot 46.6 percent from the field and made 16-of-22 free throws. They held the Buccaneers to a 33.9 shooting percentage from the floor, and 26.7 percent from 3-point range. LC State forced 20 turnovers.
“We got contributions from everyone,” Johnson said. “Jake and Trystan were great inside and Oreon was a spark that really kept things going for us. It was also one of our better defensive performances which I am most pleased with.”