PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark men's basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season Saturday night with a 77-61 win over the visiting Concordia Cavaliers in the Pamplin Sports Center.
Senior Ross Erickson picked up his first double-double of the season, leading the Pioneers with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Erickson, who was 7-for-12 from the field, hit four of his seven free-throws, while dishing out four assists.
Serg Ovchinnikov was 6-of-11 from the floor, scoring 16 points for the Pioneers, while Kurt Parker ended the game with 14 points. Quentin Sims concluded the game with a game-high five steals, while Ben Neves added four.
Adam Herman finished with a game-high 20 points for Concordia and collected 11 boards to finish with the Cavaliers only double-double of the game. Willy Ligon scored 16 points in the Cavs efforts.
Concordia went on a 5-0 run in the opening minute of the game to take an early advantage. The Pioneers responded a 12-0 run moments later to a take a 12-5 lead with 15:43 on the clock.
Jessie Armstrong pulled Concordia within two points with 12:40 to go on back-to-back made free-throws. That would be as close as Concordia would get throughout the remainder of the period. A jumper by Sims with 1:42 remaining put the Pioneers ahead by 10, their largest lead to that point.
The Pioneers would make the final basket of the half on a layup by Connor Freeberg assisted by Neves.
Lewis & Clark kept Concordia at bay in the second quarter, never letting them closer than eight points. Ovchinnikov hit a three-pointer with 8:40 on the clock to earn the Pioneers a 22 point, 67-45, advantage.
The Cavaliers cut their deficit to eight, making the score68-59 with 5:44 remaining on a Herman layup. The Pioneers closed the half out on a 9-2 run, capped off by a Freeberg free-throw with 23 seconds remaining.
The Pioneers return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. on the road against the University of Portland.