MERRILLVILLE | Lake Central let everybody in the gym know how this game would go right from the jump.
Senior Tyler Wideman got the ball deep in the paint, made a quick pivot and threw down a two-handed dunk on the game's first play. He blocked a shot on the next play and then Joe Bannister drilled a 3-pointer to put L.C. up 5-0.
The Times No. 2 Indians were in control throughout, topping Duneland Athletic Conference rival Merrillville, 65-43.
"I thought our effort was there and we played well," coach Dave Milausnic said. "It's a Duneland game that we just came into somebody's place and won by 20 points."
Wideman spent much of the first half on the bench after earning his second foul with 2:50 left in the first quarter. Merrillville was able to keep things closer with the Butler recruit off the floor, but the Indians were still too much.
"It's a lot easier handling (being in foul trouble) now than when I was younger," Wideman said. "It's a lot easier when the guys coming off the bench can keep the intensity up, like they did tonight."
Chris Tuskan and Cory Dickelman filled in for Wideman. Dickelman scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds.
L.C. (13-2, 5-0 DAC), ranked No. 6 in the state coaches poll, led 33-18 at halftime.
"We got in a little foul trouble early and we had to change what we wanted to do," Milausnic said. "Our bench did extremely well."
The Pirates (2-11, 1-4) struggled to contain Wideman when he returned in the third quarter. He finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
"It feels good (to win at Merrillville)," Wideman. "The last few games were tight and we let a few slip away, so this feels good."