No. 7 Warriors Claim Victory in 2020 Finale
Lewis-Clark State College Sports Information
LEWISTON, Idaho – Dickinson State gave the No. 7 Lewis-Clark State Men’s Basketball Team one of its biggest tests of the season on the last day of 2020. In game one of the two-game set, the Warriors battled the Blue Hawks to an 89-85 victory after 40 minutes of tough basketball. Travis Yenor and Hodges Bailey led LC State with 19 points each and Nathan Fromm made noise in his debut with 11 points.
“We got so many great looks in those first few minutes that didn’t go in, but credit to our guys for sticking with it,” Head Coach Austin Johnson said. “It was a great game and we will take wins any way we can get them.”
A 3-pointer by Bailey got things going for LC State in the first half, and a basket by Yenor put the Warriors up 5-2 early. Oreon Courtney grew the lead to 9-5 at 14:10, but Dickinson rallied to take a 15-2 lead midway through.
Four straight points by Trystan Bradley gave the Warriors a 20-17 edge as the back-and-forth continued. A 3 by Damek Mitchell gave LC a seven-point cushion in the final minute of the half, and a bucket from Yenor had the Warriors in front 40-34 at the half.
Dickinson State came out of the locker room with seven straight points to take a 41-40 lead in the second frame. The Blue Hawk lead grew to as much as six before Fromm sparked the offense. He scored his first LC State points with a basket and foul shot, then put the Warriors in front 67-66 at 9:07. Six consecutive Warrior points from Fromm in the final five minutes grew the LC State advantage to 79-75, and a 3 plus a foul shot by Bailey gave the Warriors breathing room.
The Warriors drained six free throws in the final 30 seconds to earn the 89-85 victory.
Yenor and Bailey each scored 19. Yenor was 8-for-15 from the field and Bailey was 4-for-7 from behind the 3-point line. Bradley notched a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Fromm dropped 11 in his first game as a Warrior. Mitchell added 10 points and six rebounds.
“Trystan was much more physical than I thought he was last week, and that showed in his double-double,” Johnson said. “Nathan has a chance to be a pretty special player. He is crafty around the rim and he’s smart. He was a huge lift for us.”
As a team, the Warriors shot 50.8 percent from the field (33-for-65) and were 16-for-20 from the free throw line. 23 of the team’s 89 points came off the bench.
LC State closes out the series with Dickinson State on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Activity Center.