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Warriors turn away Skylights, Lights in Idaho


January 12, 2018

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

After falling No. 10 Lewis-Clark State Thursday night, Adam Huse and the Montana State University-Northern Lights, along with the Skylights, will play at UM-Western Saturday night in Dillon.

The Montana State University-Northern Skylights were in a shooting slump heading into their showdown with the seventh-ranked Lewis-Clark State Warriors Thursday night in Lewiston, Idaho.

And while the No. 21 Skylights broke out of that slump, it still wasn't enough against the team that played for an NAIA national championship just nine months ago.

The Warriors, who had lost their previous two Frontier Conference games, blitzed the Skylights for 30 points in the first quarter, forcing Northern to play catch-up in a 77-61 loss Thursday night. The defeat was MSU-N's third straight, as the Skylights dropped to 1-4 in the Frontier.

"They (Warriors) came out and slapped us in the first and second quarter," Northern head coach Chris Mouat said. "Credit our kids for competing hard all the way, but we just can't start the game against this team, on the road, like we did tonight. We can't dig that big of a hole. They (Warriors) are too talented, so we have to understand, we have to get off the bus and be ready to go."

Northern did indeed play much better in the second half, but the Skylights were already trailing the Warriors 47-24 when the third quarter started. Both offensively and defensively, the Skylights picked up the pace, outscoring the Warriors 37-30 in the final 20 minutes, but it just wasn't enough to mount a comeback against the defending Frontier champions.

"Our percentages went up in the second half," Mouat said. "I thought we did a lot of really good things in the second half. I was really proud of the way our kids fought and never let the game just completely get out of hand. We shot it much better, we rebounded better, and we defended them much better. But again, we have to play like that from the start, it can't just be when we're behind, like we were tonight."

The three-pointer helped Northern fight back into the game. The Skylights made nine, including six in the second half. Peyton Filius hit four bombs and scored 16 points, while Shiloh McCormick nailed three from distance and scored a game-high 20. Jacy Thompson added 11, while LCSC was balanced, with 14 points and 11 rebounds coming from Jossilyn Blackman and 11 from Jansen Edmiston. Abbie Johnson and Peyton Souvenir each scored 10 as well, as the Warriors rebounded from back-to-back road losses last week.

Meanwhile, the Skylights will have a day off, before heading to Dillon to face nationally ranked UM-Western Saturday night.

"We have to look in the mirror and just focus on getting better," Mouat said. "Because it doesn't get any easier. We have a lot to work on. We have things we just have to do better. And that's what our kids will do, they'll go to work and get ready for another big challenge Saturday night.

LC comes back on MSU-N men

When you're playing on the road in the Frontier Conference, nothing comes easy, and momentum can be stopped dead in its tracks.

That was the case for the Montana State University-Northern men's basketball team Thursday night in Lewiston, Idaho.

The Lights were riding a six-game winning streak heading into their showdown with No. 10 Lewis-Clark State Thursday night. And for 20 minutes, things looked pretty good for the Lights making it seven in a row.

But as is always the case, life on the road in the Frontier is hard, and the Warriors erased a 35-30 Northern halftime lead, and turned it into 77-68 victory. It was Northern's first loss since Dec. 3 and it dropped the Lights to 3-2 in the Frontier.

MSU-N came out playing strong, already having won on the road last Thursday at Montana Tech. The Lights made four three-pointers in the first 20 minutes and shot 50 percent from the field, all the while holding the high-scoring Warriors to just two treys and 30 points in the first half.

But the 35-30 MSU-N lead wouldn't hold. LCSC went on a 15-4 run early in the second half, not only overtaking the Lights, but making it tough for Northern to catch up. The Lights fought hard, and several times closed the gap to seven points in the final 10 minutes. But the Warriors shot 51 percent in the second half, and also rode the momentum of 22 points off Northern turnovers and 30 points in the paint, to a victory.

The Lights were also hampered by foul trouble in the second half. Ryan Reeves, who was a force in the first 20 minutes, was among those in foul trouble in the second stanza, and he finished with 11 points and seven rebounds but did have four blocked shots. Northern got a team-high 14 points from Caulin Bakalarski, and while the Lights did shoot for a strong percentage, LCSC has one of the top-rated defenses in the Frontier, and it showed as MSU-N was held to a season-low in scoring. Charles Porter and Justin Dunsmore combined for 18 points.

MSU-N also played tough defense, but the Warriors were red-hot in the second half. Race Martin finished with a game-high 26 points on a scorching 9-of-11 shooting, while Damek Mitchell added 15 as LCSC improved to 4-1 in the Frontier.

The Lights have another stern test on their hands when they travel to No. 16 UM-Western Saturday night.

LC State 77, Skylights 61

MSU-Northern 16 8 15 22 - 61

Lewis-Clark State 30 17 17 13 - 77

MSU-N - Peyton Filius 5-12 2-2 16, Brandy Lambourne 1-19 0-0 2, Jacy Thompson 4-12 1-1 11, Shiloh McCormick 8-14 1-4 20, Lily Hilderbrand 1-2 0-0 2, Peyton Kehr 1-3 0-0 2, Jessica Curl 2-3 0-0 4, Naomi Terry 0-1 0-0 0, Tiara Gilham 1-4 2-2 4. Totals 23-70 6-9 61

LCSC - Cali Moscrip 2-3 3-3 7, Peyton Souvenir 4-8 0-0 10, Hannah Burland 0-5 0-0 0, Abbey Roy 0-1 0-0 0, Jansen Edmiston 4-9 3-3 11, Hailey Turner 4-7 0-0 8, Brittany Tackett 3-4 1-2 7, Abbie Johnson 4-6 1-4 10, Lauren Johnson 3-6 0-0 8, Kiara Burlage 0-0 2-4 2, Jossilyn Blackman 6-13 2-2 14. Totals 30-62 12-18 77.

3-pt FG:Montana State-Northern 9-27 (Filius 4-9, Lambourne 0-8, Thompson 2-6, McCormick 3-4), Lewis-Clark State College 5-14 (Moscrip 0-1, Souvenir 2-4, Burland 0-1, Roy 0-1, Edmiston 0-1, Turner 0-1, Johnson 1-1, Johnson 2-3, Blackman 0-1). Rebounds: Montana State-Northern 32 (Gilham 8), Lewis-Clark State College 45 (Blackman 11). Fouls Montana State-Northern 12, Lewis-Clark State College 10. Fouled out: none.

LC State 77, Lights 68

MSU-N - Ryan Reeves 5-7 1-3 11, Justin Dunsmore 2-6 4-4 9, Charles Porter 3-7 3-7 9, Devin Bray 2-4 0-0 5, Adam Huse 3-8 2-3 8, Cayeveoon Jones 1-1 1-1 3, Anthony Harper 1-3 0-0 3, Caulin Bakalarski 4-6 2-4 14, Gabe Porter 2-5 0-0 6. Totals 23-47 13-22 68

LCSC - Trea Thomas 2-6 4-5 8, Damek Mitchell 2-3 11-12 15, Darius Alexander 0-3 1-2 1, Cordel Hankerson 2-3 0-0 5, Jeremy Franklin 2-2 3-4 7, Race Martin 9-11 5-8 26, Blair Moore 0-1 0-0 0, Andre McCowan 2-4 0-3 4, Derrick White 0-3 0-0 0, Trystan Bradley 1-1 0-0 2, Dana Abe 3-8 2-2 9. Totals 23-45 26-36 77.

Halftime: Northern 35-30. 3-pt FG:Montana State-Northern 9-23 (Dunsmore 1-5, Porter 0-1, Bray 1-1, Huse 0-4, Harper 1-1, Bakalarski 4-6, Porter 2-5), Lewis-Clark State College 5-11 (Thomas 0-2, Mitchell 0-1, Hankerson 1-1, Martin 3-4, White 0-1, Abe 1-2). Rebounds: Montana State-Northern 26 (Reeves 7), Lewis-Clark State College 27 (White 5). Fouls Montana State-Northern 26, Lewis-Clark State College 23. Fouled out: Harper Hankerson . Technical: Franklin.


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