PORTLAND, Ore. – A powerful performance from the Warrior defense helped LC State to a commanding 82-50 victory over Multnomah on Sunday afternoon. The Warriors ended the first half ahead 45-14 after a 22-0 opening run.
The defense outrebounded the Lions 50-33 and held the home team to just 28.6% shooting from the floor.
“Another good road win for our guys,” Head Coach Austin Johnson said. “They really defended at the start of both halves. I thought Alton (Hamilton) and AP (Peoples Jr.) had great bounce back games for us which set the tone. Sam (Stockton) had another complete game. We have a short week with playing today and being on road again Thursday. We’ll need to recover and prep for another tough road trip.”
The wins moves LC State to 13-5 overall and 11-1 in CCC play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Davian Brown, Alton Hamilton, Jaedon Bradley, John Lustig and Anthony Peoples Jr. combined 22 points to start the contest. Bradley led the group with seven in the stretch as the LC State defense held the Lions off the board for the first eight minutes of the game.
After four Multnomah points, Hamilton, Lustig and Brown went on a run of seven to increase the advantage to 29-4 midway through the half. Peoples Jr., Brown and Sam Stockton struck for a run of six for a 30-point margin with 5:09 to play in the half.
Quentin Raynor added a pair of 3s and Peoples Jr. knocked down a pair of free throws for a 43-11 lead with a minute on the clock. Hamilton added a basket to send LC State to the locker room in front 45-14.
The Warrior defense held the Lions to a 3-for-28 effort (10.7%) from the floor in the first 20 minutes.
Hamilton, Lustig and Stockton combined for a seven-point run to start the second half. Layups by Lustig and Hamilton paired with a free throw by Bradley to push the score to 57-22 five minutes into the frame, and a triple by Brown kept the offense rolling.
The Lions strung together baskets to double their output from the first half by 12:52 with LC in front 62-28. Multnomah cut the difference to 62-35 before free throws by Hamilton ended a nearly five-minute scoring drought.
Lustig and Gorden Boykins went back-to-back scoring to restart the Warrior offense and a layup by Stockton made it seven straight for a 69-35 lead at 7:47. Lustig and Peoples Jr. had the lead at 76-43 with 3:44 to play.
Freshman Josh Salguero scored the first basket of his collegiate career after grabbing an offensive rebound in the final minute of the game. He added his second bucket before the game closed with LC in front 82-50.
Lustig led the contest with 15 points on a 7-for-13 night from the field. Hamilton added 14 points and Peoples Jr. scored a career-high 13 with a perfect 7-for-7 night at the foul line. Stockton grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds for double-digit boards for the second night in a row and also dished out a team-best six assists.
The Warriors shot 44.3% from the field and held the Lions to 28.6%. LC won the rebound battle 50-33.
The Warriors continue the road swing next weekend in Washington. LC State will take on Evergreen State on Friday and Northwest on Saturday.
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