Albright’s Career Day Helps Push No. 7 LC State Past Dickinson
Lewis-Clark State College Sports Information
LEWISTON, Idaho – Jake Albright put together one of the best games of his career on Friday when the No. 7 Lewis-Clark State Warriors defeated Dickinson State 86-68. The Clarkston, Wash. native scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to notch a double-double in the first game of 2021. The victory was the 100th for Austin Johnson in his career as a head coach.
“Our offense cut pretty well today,” Albright said. “People were hitting their shots today. We had guys stepping up and playing really well for us.”
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“I was really pleased with some of our younger guys, but also with guys like Jake Albright and Damek Mitchell that played more to the level that we expect from them,” Johnson said. “We don’t know what the future is going to look like, but it is good to get close games and play those teams that are going to make you pay if you make a mistake.”
Albright, the reigning Frontier Conference Sixth Man of the Year, earned the first start of his career and took advantage of the opportunity. He opened the game with a basket 20 seconds in to set the tone for LC State.
Dickinson matched the Warriors’ pace through the first five minutes of the contest until a 3-pointer by Damek Mitchell broke a 12-12 tie at 13:27. Albright, Nathan Fromm and Mitchell teamed up for seven straight points to give the Warriors a 25-16 lead, and a six-point rally with buckets from Fromm, Khalil Stevenson and Oreon Courtney made it 31-20 midway through.
Courtney and Albright went back-to-back to give LC State its largest lead of the half at 40-27 and the Warriors carried a 42-35 advantage into the break.
Albright tallied the first four Warrior points of the second half. He hit a big 3-pointer at 8:39, then followed a basket by Stevenson with a free throw to put LC State up by 13 (70-57). Fromm went back-to-back after a triple by Bailey to grow the advantage to 77-58 at 5:27 as the Warriors continued to pressure the Blue Hawks offensively.
Courtney found the basket in the final minute to finish the game off and end the contest with the Warriors in front 86-68.
Albright notched his double-double with a career-high 24 points to go with 11 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and a steal. He was 10-for-16 from the field. Mitchell added 22 points, including four 3-pointers, and a team-leading five assists. Bailey dropped 11 points, and Stevenson and Courtney each had 10.
As a team, the Warriors shot 52.3 percent from the field. They out-rebounded the Blue Hawk 39-28, and had 18 assists to compared to Dickinson’s five.
Congrats to Head Coach Austin Johnson on 100 wins as a head coach!