It was physical; it was up-and-down; and in the end, it was a Fort Lewis College victory.
In a battle of two teams tied for second place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Fort Lewis jumped out to a big lead early before weathering a couple of runs and holding off Colorado Mines 86-83 on Saturday in Golden.
It was a grind-it-out game, FLC head coach Bob Hofman said. They were very physical, and I thought we really toughened up in the second half.
The Skyhawks (13-2, 9-2 RMAC) ran out to a 29-13 lead before a 20-2 Orediggers run put Mines (12-3, 8-3 RMAC) ahead 33-31.
FLC closed the first half strong, however, to lead 39-36 at the break.
The Skyhawks kept billowing out the lead in the second half, only to watch Mines reel them in. But FLC weathered a barrage of 3s late by making free throws down the stretch to lock up a critical road victory.
David Kanyinda led FLC with 21 points, and Daniel Steffensen had 20 points, including a 6 of 6 performance from 3, to go with 12 rebounds and six assists. DeAndre Lansdowne finished with 17.