The Fort Lewis College men's basketball team shot a formidable 56.1% from the field on Saturday in route to an 89-67 win over the Western Colorado Mountaineers in its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game.
Senior Brenden Boatwright led all players with 19 points, shooting 8-11 from the floor and a perfect 3-3 at the free-throw line. JaQuaylon Mays nearly did it all on the hardwood, supplying 16 points alongside seven rebounds, four assists and one steal.
FLC improved to 8-0 overall, the best start in program history, and 2-0 in the RMAC with the win. The Skyhawks then moved up to No. 12 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches Top 25 poll.
Akuel Kot leads Division II, averaging 27.6 points per game. FLC is averaging 94 points per game, the fourth most in DII.
Guided by a career-high 22 points from junior Kelsey Sorenson, the Fort Lewis College women’s basketball also beat Western on Saturday, 64-57.
The Skyhawks relied on a defensive fourth quarter that saw the Mountaineers connect on just seven points to secure the win. Western was 1-of-10 through the final 10 minutes of play compared with a 4-of-12 mark for Fort Lewis.
FLC is now 4-4, 1-1. Western dipped to 1-6, 0-2.
The Skyhawks will be on the road this week, playing at New Mexico Highlands on Friday and CSU-Pueblo on Saturday.