Following three consecutive wins, all by double-digit margins, the Lewis-Clark State men’s basketball team seems to have regained some respect nationally. LCSC landed at No. 21 when the NAIA released the Division I Coaches’ Top 25 on Tuesday.
The Warriors, ranked for the first time since checking in at No. 19 in the Jan. 13 poll, received 93 points from voters. They are 20-6 overall and find themselves in second place in the Frontier Conference with a 6-4 mark.
During their current string of victories, the Warriors have defeated the opposition by 19.3 points per game. That included a 17-point triumph over Great Falls, ranked No. 20 at the time.
The only school ahead of LC State in the FC standings, Montana Western, is rated 12th in the poll. The Bulldogs currently hold a one-game lead over the Warriors, but the schools play each other in Lewiston in the final game of the regular season Feb. 28.
Tuesday’s poll was topped by Talladega of Alabama, which garnered seven first-place votes and 248 points overall to claim the No. 1 ranking for the first time in school history. The Tornadoes’ 18-game win streak is the longest in the nation.
Freed-Hardeman of Tennessee also received two first-place votes while Pikeville of Kentucky earned the other first-place nod. Last week’s No. 1, Cal State San Marcos, dropped to fourth following a 19-point loss.
The Warriors will take their win streak on the road this week. They play at Rocky Mountain on Thursday before traveling to Carroll College on Saturday. Both games start at 6:30 p.m. PST and will air on 950 KOZE-AM and www.koze-sports.com.
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