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Hoops tonight: @LCWarriors women open season tonight at 5:30 PM hosting @KwantlenU
The Lewis Clark State College women’s basketball team opens the season tonight at the LC Activity Center against Kwantlen University out of Vancouver, BC. Tip off is scheduled for 5:30 PM.
The LC men follow at 7:30 PM hosting Northwest Indian College. Join Brian Danner with all the action on Talk Radio 950 KOZE-AM and online at KOZE-Sports.com
Live audio available below:
Release: Warriors open 2013-14 season with rout
LEWISTON, Idaho – The Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball team began their 2013-14 season in fine fashion on Friday night, beating the University of Alberta-Augustana 112-51 in front of just under 600 fans at the Activity Center.
There were plenty of new faces in white uniforms for the Warriors, who return just five players from last year’s 26-6 team that won the Frontier Conference regular season title and advanced to the NAIA Tournament.
Those new players carried the day for LCSC against the Vikings, led by a trio of guards.
E.J. Farris, a senior transfer from Utah State led all scorers with 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting.
Gavin Kauffman, a junior college transfer from Chemeketa Community College, had 16 points on 6-for-11 from the floor. He added four 3-pointers and one rim-rocking dunk off a nifty pass from Joseph Moquino.
The 6-foot-4 Kauffman surprised everyone in the building, Warrior coach Brandon Rinta included, with his vicious slam.
“That definitely caught me off guard,” Rinta said. “I’ve been watching Gavin for a while, and I wasn’t expecting that.”
Jon Humphrie is a newcomer on the court, but he redshirted with the Warriors last year while recovering from an offseason concussion that Rinta and the LCSC training staff feared might be career-ending.
The 6-foot-2 guard had 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting and grabbed five rebounds for LCSC on Friday.
“It was so good to see Jon out there after what he went through last season,” Rinta said. “There were some dark days for him, and it was a hard road back.”
The Warriors quieted whatever first-game jitters may have been present very quickly against the Vikings, as LCSC made its first six field goals and eight of its first 10 in racing out to a 19-2 lead.
“The game is easy when you make shots, and I think it loosened everybody up,” Rinta said. “I liked what our guards were doing out there. We need to establish our inside game a little bit more, but I think people can see that it’s going to be a little bit of a different style of play this year.”
Jamaal Thomas, another newcomer to the Warriors, did his part to assert the Warrior offense in the paint. Thomas scored eight of his 15 points in the second half, displaying a nice variety of post moves in the process. Forrest Baker scored all eight of his points in the second half, and led LCSC with 11 rebounds in the game.
“Forrest looked pretty comfortable out there for a redshirt freshman, and Jamaal showed really good moves in the paint,” Rinta said.
On the whole, the Warriors shot 56.8 percent from the field for the game and made 12 of their 23 attempts from 3-point range.
“I was very curious to see what this team would look like when the lights came on,” Rinta said. “There was a lot to like, but there’s a lot we can work on.”
The Warriors and Vikings will have a fast turnaround, playing Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
“It’s probably the quickest one I’ve ever heard of, but I expect our guys to be ready,” Rinta said.
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