PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark men's basketball team put together a strong showing on Tuesday night, earning a 75-56 victory over Northwest Conference foe George Fox.
The win improves the Pioneers overall record to 6-6 on the season, while earning the team its first Northwest Conference victory of the season for a 1-2 standing. The Bruins slip to 4-8 overall and 1-2 in NWC play.
Marcus Wells led all players with 19 points. James Hollins and Ross Erickson each ended the night with double-doubles, with Hollins scoring 17 points and pulling down 12 boards, while Erickson racked up 17 points and 10 rebounds. During the course of the game, Hollins became the 11th player in program history to score 1,000+ points. Hollins reached the milestone faster than any other player in program history, scoring his 1,000 point in 73 contests.
Mike Taylor finished with 18 points for the Bruins, while Sean Atkins was the only other player with double-figures with 10 points.
Back-to-back three pointers, one from Taylor and another from Jon Adrian, put the Bruins ahead 6-0 in the opening minute of the first half. The Pioneers senior guard PJ Taylor kick started the Pioneer offense with 18:37 on the clock with a quick layup after stealing the ball away from Atkins. The Pioneers continued to push the tempo, eventually taking control of the lead on a Wells layup with 15:36 to go in the half.
The Pioneers would not trail throughout the remainder of the half, picking up their largest lead at the 6:36 mark on a Wells three pointer to make the score 26-16. The Bruins clawed their way back within three points on an Atkins three pointer with 3:26 remaining, cutting the deficit to 28-25. Lewis & Clark would increase its cushion to eight points heading into the locker room.
Lewis & Clark remained in full control of the game in the second half, never trailing the Bruins and never allowing them to tie the score. Wells handed the Pios its largest lead of the game at the 2:32 mark with a jumper taking the score to 75-56.
The Pioneers return to action on Friday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. when they host the Linfield Wildcats.