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Dynamic Duo Paces Nic Men Myrick, Harrison Take Cardinals Past Dixie

Dixie College basketball coach Dave Rose boiled down his team’s 107-94 loss to North Idaho College to four words.

“Those two killed us,” Rose said, referring to NIC’s Shawn Myrick and Chris Harrison.

Myrick snapped out of a shooting slump with 38 points and Harrison scored 28, grabbed 19 rebounds and drew four charging fouls as the Cardinals posted a hard-earned, yet uncomfortable win before 994 fans on Thursday night at Christianson Gym.

“If they weren’t All-Americans, they are now,” Rose said.

The 13th-ranked Cards improved to 8-2 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference and 17-2 overall. Additionally the Cardinals strengthened their grip on the North Division lead as Ricks (6-4) lost at home to Snow on Thursday night. Snow (18-4, 6-4) visits NIC on Saturday night at 7:30. The North champion will play host to the Region 18 Tournament in March.

Dixie slipped to 13-9, 6-4.

The Cards won - survived might be the better word - despite some ugly lapses. NIC bolted on top 20-11 and 36-24 before a stretch when it committed six turnovers in a 2-minute span. Dixie trailed just 45-41 at half.

Add in NIC’s missed free throws a game-long problem - and losing track of Dixie’s 3-point shooters and the Cards were pushed to the final buzzer.

“It was a struggle, but I knew it would be,” NIC coach Hugh Watson said, noting that Dixie played without point guard Justin Bradshaw when NIC won 93-90 in December. Bradshaw had 13 assists on Thursday.

“We kept trying to keep them in the game with some silly mistake or doing something stupid there at the end,” Watson added. “But that’s a good ball club.”

Myrick, who was making just 30 percent of his 3-point attempts, went 6 of 6 on 3s. He also nailed 7 of 9 2-point attempts and 6 of 8 at the line, which helped offset a 24 of 41 team effort from the stripe.

“Last year (at Jacksonville College) I was hitting 5 3s a game or so,” said Myrick, whose 38 points was tied for fourth-best in NIC history. “Right now, I’m on top of my game and hitting my shots again.”

Harrison got the better of an inside battle with Dixie’s Kenyatta Clyde, who originally signed at Baylor. Clyde scored 14 points and had a couple of monster dunks, but he eventually fouled out.

“He has 4 inches on me and he’s very athletic, so I wanted to set the tone early and put a body on him,” said the 6-foot-4 Harrison, who, at 235 pounds had an advantage of perhaps 4 inches of girth on Clyde, a slender 6-8.

Dixie stayed close as Tennison Tripple, aptly named, swished 4 of 6 3-pointers and elusive forward Aaron Henderson escaped for 28 points.

“They match up well with us,” Harrison said. “We’re just lacking the killer instinct. That’s the one thing we have to get. For us to get to Kansas (and the national tournament) and win this region, we have to get that.”

NIC pulled away as Myrick scored eight points to help expand a 63-57 lead to 79-67 with 8 minutes left.

NIC’s Leonard Myles and Bo Johnson sat out the first half because they were late to a Thursday shoot-around.

North Idaho College 107, Dixie 94

Dixie (13-9, 6-4) - Orton 1-3 2-4 4, Henderson 11-18 6-6 28, Bradshaw 3-11 2-2 8, Slocum 3-10 1-1 9, Harton 2-4 0-0 5, Clyde 7-10 0-0 14, Finlinson 2-3 2-2 6, Dahl 0-1 0-0 0, Tripple 4-6 4-4 16, Webb 1-3 2-2 4, Bailey 0-3 0-0 0, Jewkes 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-73 19-21 94.

North Idaho (17-2, 8-2) - Myrick 13-15 6-8 38, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, T. Myles 3-7 1-4 7, Houston 1-2 2-2 4, McKanstry 5-15 1-5 11, Harrison 9-14 8-10 28, Banks 6-18 5-8 18, Ryan 0-1 1-4 1, L. Myles 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-72 24-41 107.

Halftime -NIC 45-41. 3-point goals - Dixie 7-20 (Tripple 4-6, Slocum 2-6, Harton 1-2, Jewkes 0-1, Webb 0-1, Dahl 0-1, Bradshaw 0-2, Henderson 0-1), NIC 9-12 (Myrick 6-6, Harrison 2-4, Banks 1-1, McKanstry 0-1). Total fouls - Dixie 34, NIC 20. Fouled out - Clyde. Technical fouls - NIC (six-man on court), Bradshaw). Rebounds - Dixie 31 (Finlinson, Henderson 6), NIc 40 (Harrison 19). Assists - Dixie 26 (Bradshaw 13), NIC T. Myles 7. Att. - 994.

, DataTimes


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