Dawgs fall on the road

LEWISTON, Idaho — The University of Montana Western men’s basketball team traveled to LC-State to face the No. 7 Warriors (16-1, 4-1 Frontier) with their sights set on snapping a six-game skid in Lewiston, Idaho that dates back to the 2009-10 season. The Bulldogs (10-7, 3-2) efforts fell just short as the streak grew to seven games following a 78-69 defeat. Stats

The first 17:04 of the first half was a back-and-forth battle that saw five lead changes, four ties and a game knotted a 26. The final 2:56 couldn’t have gone any worse for Montana Western as the Warriors finished the half on a 10-0 run and took all the momentum into intermission.

The run was led by back-to-back 3-pointers from Cammie Lewis and two layups from Rich Tesmer that came off of three Bulldog turnovers.

Trailing 36-26 after the break, the ‘Dawgs would chip away at the LC-State lead until they trailed by just one point with 10:55 remaining the game after a Ryan McCarty 3-pointer that capped a 13-3 run.

One point is as close as the Bulldogs would get as they could never regain the lead and trailed by as many as 12 points late in the game.

The Warriors found success from behind the three-point line as they knocked down 12 of 28 shots (43 percent) from downtown to counteract the new found success from the Bulldogs 2-3 zone defense.

In the absence of their leading scorer and rebounder – Jacob Wiley – LC-State used a balanced attack to pick up the slack. Lewis (16), Nick Emerson (14) and Doug McDaniel (12) led the scoring attack as they all hit double-figures.

Emerson, a Columbia Falls, Mont. native, grabbed nine rebounds in the game good for second on his team behind Zavon Jackson’s team-high 13.

Dexter Williams, Jr. recorded his seventh double-double of the season by finishing with 12 points and 13 rebounds. He also dished out five assists in 33 minutes of action.

Shyke Smalls continued to lead the scoring effort for Montana Western as he pumped in a team-high 16 points on 5 of 10 shooting from the field that included two made 3-pointers.

Demitrius Balark was the third Bulldog to reach double-figures with 14, Balark also added five assists, grabbed four rebounds and recorded three steals in the game.

Ryan McCarty and Kurtis Parsons came off the bench to knockdown three 3-pointers a piece to score nine points each.

Montana Western will return home to face Carroll College at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14. Carroll beat Montana Western earlier this season on buzzer-beating three.

— Montana Western Sports Information

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