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Skyhawks become road warriors

FLC men set program record with eight straight road wins
Akuel Kot of Fort Lewis College puts up a shot while playing Colorado Christian University earlier this season. On Saturday, Kot scored 42 points to lead FLC past CSU Pueblo. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Playing its third road game in four days on Monday, the Fort Lewis College men’s basketball team ran away with a 80-57 win over Metropolitan State University Denver to wrap up the six-game road stand. The win was the team's seventh consecutive and eighth consecutive road win – extending the program record for consecutive road wins it set on Saturday – to improve to 18-7 overall and 14-5 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Against CSU Pueblo on Saturday, sophomore Akuel Kot went off for 42 points, second-most in a single game in school history, to lead FLC to a 97-84 win.

“Kot had a special night, and I’m so proud to see him truly blossoming right in front of everybody’s eyes,” said head coach Bob Pietrack.

Redshirt senior Riley Farris finished with 21 points and junior Brenden Boatwright added 10. Senior Will Wittman led the team with seven rebounds to go along with eight points. Redshirt Senior Corey Seng dished out four assists while coming away with five boards.

Against Metro State, Fort Lewis shot 54.5% (31 of 57) from the field while holding the Roadrunners to their third-lowest field goal percentage of the season at 35.3% (24 of 68).

Kot scored 14 to lead FLC. Farris added 12, Wittman scored 11, Boatwright scored 10, and three other players scored eight points.

FLC women lose road finale

The Fort Lewis College women’s basketball also took on CSU Pueblo on Saturday in the team’s final road game of the season. FLC, however, fell 69-52 to dip to 2-23 overall and 1-18 in the RMAC. CSU Pueblo improved to 20-6 overall, 15-5 RMAC.

Redshirt senior Sydney Candelaria and redshirt sophomore Kelsey Sorenson each chipped in 15 points to lead the team. The duo also had 17 combined rebounds.

The FLC men and women will back home Thursday against Westminster College. The women will tip off at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.