NDSCS men defeat LRSC Royals 70-46

Ray Maloney, Sports

WAHPETON, N.D. — History would not repeat itself Wednesday as North Dakota State College of Science would not allow a double digit lead to slip away a second time.

The Wildcats scored 34 in the second half and went on to defeat Lake Region State College 70-46. They held the Royals to just 12 points over the final 20 minutes.

NDSCS improved to 17-2 on the season, while the Royals dropped to 8-9 on the year.

After Lake Region scored the first two points of the second half, the Wildcats used a 9-0 burst to break away from a 36-36 deadlock and were never seriously challenged the rest of the way.

NDSCS opened a lead of as much as 11 points in the first half. But, the Royals would not be turned away. LRSC, which got eight points from both J.R. Coronado and Mark Cooper, Jr. in the first half and five points from both Isiah Clark and Gus Kueber in the half, battled back to tie the game at 32-32 with less than two minutes to go in the half.

The Wildcats led 36-34 at the intermission. LRSC never led in the game, but did manage to force three ties.

Trent Thompson led the way for the Wildcats with 17 points.

Lake Region State College returns to action on Sunday. The Royals will play the Concordia College junior varsity team in a game that was originally scheduled for Nov. 22 but was postponed due to weather conditions. The game will get under way at 1 p.m. at the Devils Lake Sports Center.