Men's Basketball Takes Down Warner Pacific, 63-50

Men's Basketball Takes Down Warner Pacific, 63-50

by Kelsey Bumgarner
Athletics Development & Sports Information Assistant 


PORTLAND, Ore. - Lewis & Clark's men's basketball team improved to 4-4 (0-2 NWC) on the season with a 63-50 victory over Warner Pacific (4-3) on Wednesday night at the Pamplin Sports Center.

James Hollins led the Pioneers with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Ross Erickson scored 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds, and Scott Pisapia had nine points. Both PJ Taylor and Bradley Carter chipped in eight points for the Pioneers. 

The Knights were led by William Sharp with 13 points and Biniam Tadele with 10 points. Sean Gaines also pulled down 12 rebounds for Warner Pacific.

The Pios opened the contest with a 15-2 lead, led by a deuce and three-pointer by Pisapia. WPC's Stephen Harris and Nick Schultens scored two quick jumpers, but Hollins responded with a long one to keep L&C ahead 18-6 at the 11:25 mark.

Lewis & Clark continued to control the half with the combined effort of Wells, Carter, and Justin Leathers to get ahead 27-11 with 4:40 to go in the half. At that point the Knights began to wake up and went on an 11-0 run, led by six of Sharp's points and all four of Ryan Parks' to head into the intermission down by just five at 27-22.

After the break, Caron Rayford immediately scored a layup, and for the next three minutes the teams exchanged points until a three-point play by Leathers and a jumper by Hollins took the Pios up 36-27.

Tadele came back with a three-point play of his own to get within six, but the Knights never got closer. Taylor and Erickson drained threes within a minute of each other and a Hollins jumper took the Pios up 46-32 with 11:41 to go.

The rest of the game saw the Pioneers dominate as they shot 46.2 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc in the half. At two minutes to go, Pisapia took two freebies from the line, and despite a couple of layups by Sharp and Harris, the game ended 63-50 in favor of the Pios.

The Pioneers will next head to Lewiston, Idaho to play Lewis-Clark State on Friday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. and The University of Great Falls on Saturday, Dec. 17. at 6 p.m.