Courtesy The Register-Guard
EVERETT, Wash. — Lane Community College's return to the men's Final Four came to an early end on Saturday.
North Idaho pulled away late in the second half to defeat the Titans 85-78 in the semifinals of the Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament at Everett Community College.
The Cardinals (30-2) outscored Lane 15-8 in the final 7:22 to snap a 70-70 tie.
The Titans (27-4), who were playing in the semifinals for the first time since 1999, trailed by eight with less than three minutes to play but back-to-back 3-pointers by Tarik Cool and Rodney Hounshell cut Lane's deficit to 78-76 with 2:37 left.
The Titans had two chances to tie or take the lead but missed on a pair of layup attempts over the next minute before a 3-pointer by Emmitt Taylor with 1:17 to play put the Cardinals up 81-76.
Cool finished with 24 points and seven assists for Lane, which went 11-for-38 from the 3-point line and got no points from its bench.
Nate Pryor had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the defending NWAC champion Cardinals.