LEWISTON, Idaho — A Jacob Champoux contested shot with 1.6 seconds left in the game was the difference Saturday night as No. 11 Lewis-Clark State held off the upset-minded Montana Tech men’s basketball team 65-63 in the Frontier Conference opener for both teams.
The Orediggers led 33-27 at halftime, and Montana Tech led by eight points for much of the second half.
Champoux scored 23 points to lead the Warriors, who improved to 14-0 on the season. Montana Tech fell to 8-5 overall.
Daniel Simon scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Orediggers, who saw eight different players score. Brandon Rydberg scored 10 points, while Adam Greger scored nine points to go along with eight rebounds.
Greger hit a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left to tie the game at 63.
Quinn Smith, Tanner Neumann and Bryan Bock each scored eight points for Tech. Roman runeda-Garza scored four, while Travis Peevey tossed in two.
The Orediggers play a pair of non-conference games — at Northwest Nazarene University and the College of Idaho — next week. Their next Frontier game is Jan. 3 at home against Montana Western.