By Harry Lipsiea, Devils Lake Journal, published Jan. 31
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Despite a strong first-half effort against a salty Bismarck State College squad, the Lake Region State
College men’s basketball team fell on the road Thursday evening. Thanks to a huge 60-point second half and a 53-percent shooting effort from the field, the Mystics picked up a 108-101 victory.
With the tough loss, the Royals drop to 14-8 on the season and 1-4 in the conference.
Lake Region State College got off to a nice start and held a 53-48 advantage going into the locker room at halftime. Bismarck State College, however, outscored the Royals 60-48 in the second half to walk away with the conference nod.
First-year Royal head coach Joe Kittell had to be happy with the offensive production of his starting line-up. All five starters hit double figures with sophomore guard Melvin Langstaff leading the way with 25 points. Teammate and fellow perimeter player Patrick Thomas finished with 21 points while also bringing down eight boards.
Diallo Powell had 17 points while Malik Durant-Haines chipped in with 14. Devin Tohm also hit double figures with 11 points including three shots from beyond the arc.
Contributing scoring off the bench for the Royals were Kharie Kirkland, six points, Tanner Stapelton, five points, and Tyler Moore with two points.
Leading the way for Bismarck State College was Linton native Tanner Purintan with 32 points.
Lake Region State University will be in action Sunday at home against Williston State College. Action begins at 3 p.m. The Royals host the Concordia College JV at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.