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Lights, Skylights sweep through Edmonton


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George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor [email protected]

A post Christmas trip to Edmonton, Alberta turned out to be highly successful for the Montana State University- Northern men's and women's basketball teams. The Lights and Skylights were in Edmonton Monday and Tuesday for games against The Kings College, they turned in a perfect 4-0 record on the trip. On Monday, the Skylights came from behind to win 70-59 while the Lights ran away with their game 85- 41. The road trip continued on Tuesday afternoon with a pair of rematches. First, the Skylights thrashed Kings 86-42. Tuesday night saw the MSU-N women get a game-high 21 points form Kori Bingham, while Zivile Gaizutyte added 17 points and Samm Schermele chipped in with 12. The two wins added to MSU-N's current winning streak as the Skylights improved to 8-6 overall. Tuesday's action wrapped up with the Lights crushing Kings 94-56. Justin Dennis paced five Lights in double figures with 20 points and four steals. Walynn Burgess scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Andrew Sellars, Eric Tisby and Devin Jackson all scored 11 points each. Clay Greenland and Mike La- Valley added eight points each and Mark Payovich chipped in with six. The two victories in Canada improved the Lights' overall record to 10-4 on the season. The Northern men and women have just two nonconference games left before the start of Frontier Conference play. On Friday and Saturday, the Lights and Skylights will host the AmericInn Classic at the MSU-Northern Fieldhouse. The women's tourney will see the Skylights take on the University of Lethbridge on Friday night and Minot State University on Saturday night. The tournament also features Carroll College. The men's tournament has the Lights facing Augustana College of Alberta on Friday night and the University of Lethbridge on Saturday night. Montana Tech will also be in action on the men's side. Game times for the Northern women are 6 p.m. both nights and the MSU-N men play at 8 p.m. both nights. The Lights and Skylights begin conference play Jan. 7 on the road.


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