The Lions took a road trip to Bottineau, North Dakota to meet up with the Dakota College at Bottineau Lumberjacks. Going into the game the Lions were 4-2, coming off just their second loss of the young season. The game would be a high scoring affair, with Dakota College holding five point lead at halftime and 13 point lead in the second half. The Lions would keep it close but would not get within three points and the Lumberjacks would hold on to win 87 to 80.
The first half started off slow with both teams struggling to find their offense. After five minutes of play the Lions held a 1 point lead 8 to 7. The two teams would trade leads from there and with six minutes to play Dakota College would take the lead and not give it back the rest of the game. The Lumberjacks held a 38 to 33 lead over the Lions at half.
The second half would prove to be even higher scoring, with Dakota College scoring 49 points and the Lions scoring 47. Dakota College would extend their lead to 10 points with nine minutes to play in the game and eventually would push it to 13 points with seven minutes to play. That would be their biggest lead of the day. The Lions would work hard to get within three points two different times in the second half. They got within three points, 80 to 83 with just under 40 seconds to play, but Dakota College would hit their free throws down the stretch and the Lions ended up losing 80 to 87.
The Lions were paced by junior guard Mikey Rosario (Fort Worth, TX) who led all scorers with 36 points, he added13 rebounds, seven assists and two steals to round out a solid game. Joshua Bialik (Delta Junction, AK) pitched in eight points and nine rebounds and freshman center Nick Lentz (Onida, SD) had nine points and five rebounds off the bench for the Lions. Dakota College’s Cameron Malzer had a big night with 32 points, five rebounds and four assists.
The loss moves the Lions to 4-3 on the seasons. The Lions have five games left in the first half of the year, three home games followed by two road games.