TACOMA, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark men's basketball team put together a strong late game rally on Saturday night against the Puget Sound Loggers, but it fell short as the Pioneers lost to the Loggers 76-74.
The Pioneers fall to 9-8 on the season and 4-4 in Northwest Conference action. The Loggers improve to 13-4 overall and 5-3 in the conference.
Junior James Hollins had a strong night for the Pioneers, scoring a game-high 21 points which included finishing 12-14 from the free-throw line. Senior PJ Taylor ended his night with 15 points, while Ross Erickson scored eight points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
Anthony Gittens finished with the games only double-double, scoring 19 points for the Loggers and pulling down 14 rebounds. Kaleb Shelton finished with 18 points for Puget Sound, while teammate Riggs Yarbro scored 12.
The Pioneers opened the contest with a 4-2 advantage on a jumper by Taylor and layup by freshman Justin Leathers. But the Loggers quickly surged ahead 13-7 with 16:36 on the clock with a Derek Jobe jumper. Lewis & Clark would never hold the lead again with Puget Sound taking a 46-35 advantage into the locker room.
Taylor once again started the scoring, hitting another jumper to start the second half, followed by a Hollins jumper. Puget Sound once again took control of the contest after the Pio scores, running up a 16 point, 65-49, with 7:09 to play.
Despite the daunting deficit, the Pioneers continued to battle and behind a solid three pointer from Scott Pisapia, the Pioneers went on a 21-7 run to close the game. Lewis & Clark pulled within two points after a Taylor three pointer, but that would be as close as the Pioneers would be able to get.
Next up Lewis & Clark hosts Whitman on Friday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. for the second half of conference play.