By Harry Cummins
Playing their first game in nearly a year, the Multnomah Lions dropped a 124-75 decision to the #4 ranked Lewis Clark State Warriors Wed night in a non-conference contest in Lewiston, Idaho.
The Warriors (13-1) placed seven men in double figures, led by freshman Oreon Courtney with 20 points on 9 for 11 shooting. Trystan Bradley and Damek Mitchell added 19 apiece for the victors. Zach Richardson led all scorers in the game with 21 points for Multnomah. The 3rd year guard hit 5 3's on the night. Freshman Andrew Classen added 18 for the Lions.
The same two teams play again tomorrow night, before Lewis Clark State begins a best of 3 playoff vs College of Idaho on Feb 18 to determine the Cascade Collegiate Conference's automatic berth in the NAIA national tournament.
Multnomah last played a game on Feb 22, 2020 before being shut down this entire 2020-21 season by Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the state of Oregon. The Lions are scheduled to play 3 more games this week in Idaho and still hope to start a revised conference season sometime in March.
Leading 18-13 in the first half, the Warriors broke open the game with a 21-0 run to lead 39-13. They enjoyed a 69-34 lead at the half after shooting 71% from the field.