Men's Basketball Seeking Seventh Conference Tournament Championship

LEWISTON, Idaho - For the second straight season the Lewis-Clark State College men's basketball team will host the Frontier Conference Championship on Monday night at the Activity Center. They'll meet Carroll College for a fourth time this season, but it will be the first time the teams meet with such high stakes.

The Warriors and Fighting Saints have met every season since LCSC joined the conference in 1998 but this will be just the second postseason meeting between the two teams. The first didn't go the Warriors way as Carroll earned the 86-69 win at the Butte Civic Center in the semifinals on March 14, 2003.

Lewis-Clark State won the regular season series with Carroll, 2-1, with the lone loss coming in Helena, Mont. on Dec. 4, 96-70. LC won the final two meetings, 82-69, 76-59 with the former coming in Lewiston.

The Warriors also own a five-game home win streak over CC, with the last loss coming Feb. 10, 2011. LC lost that contest 81-79 in overtime.

The game features two of the best offensive and defensive teams, not only in the conference but in the entire NAIA. The Warriors rank first in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.432), 3-point field goals made per game (11.129), field goal percentage (.515) and seventh in scoring defense per game (67.226).

The Fighting Saints are second in the nation in field goal percentage (.513), 10th in 3-point field goal percentage (.383) and 17th in scoring defense per game (71.310).

The game will also feature two of the better distributors of the ball in the NAIA as Zach Taylor is 19th in assists per game (4.519) while Rich Tesmer is eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.116) and 17th in total assists (134).

With both teams likely already locking their spot in the NAIA National Tournament, the automatic bid which goes to the winner is icing on the cake. The two teams will be battling to cut down the nets and the pride that comes with being a conference champion.

Tip-off between the tournament's top two seeds is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the LCSC ticket office or by phone at 208-792-2471. Reserved tickets are $10, adults are $7 and seniors/students are $5. All students, with ID, who enter through the west game receive free entry.