Sam Dowd scored 29 points and North Idaho beat visiting CC Spokane 93-71 on Saturday in Northwest Athletic Conference play.
Dowd went 11 of 19 from the field, including 5 of 9 on 3-point attempts, and added five rebounds and six assists for the Cardinals (22-3, 10-2). Markus Golder had 19 points with 11 rebounds, Dalen Erickson scored 15 points with seven boards and Niko Bevins and Zaequan Satterthwaite added 12 points apiece.
NIC leads Walla Walla by one-half game and CCS by a full game in the East Region with four games to play.
Levi Taylor paced CCS (20-5, 9-3) with 23 points and Garrett Hull added 14.
NIC shot 51 percent for the game and hit 14 of 31 (45 percent) from long range. The Cardinals generated 27 points off the bench, compared to 10 for the Sasquatch.
CCS led at halftime, 44-41, but NIC exploded in the second half for 52 points. CCS went 3 of 17 on 3-point attempts after intermission and shot 26 percent overall in the second half for 27 points.
CC Spokane 70, North Idaho 54: Brianna King scored 19 points and the visiting Sasquatch (20-3, 11-1) topped the Cardinals (12-11, 5-7) in Northwest Athletic Conference play.
CCS, winners of three in a row, holds a half-game lead for first in the East Division over Walla Walla with four games to play.
King was 8 of 21 overall but just 1 of 8 on 3-point attempts. King added four rebounds and four assists. Katlyn Ward scored 17 points with 12 rebounds and Cali Moscrip had 11 points.
Giavanna Sorn paced North Idaho with 16 points.
CCS jumped out to a 26-16 lead after the first and NIC never really cut into the deficit. Neither team was particularly efficient from long range, as CCS went 5 of 18 (28 percent) and NIC hit 4 of 14 (29 percent).
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