PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark men's basketball team fell in its first home Northwest Conference contest of the season as the George Fox Bruins edged out the Pioneers 61-56.
The Pioneers fall to 3-3 on the season 0-2 in conferece. The Bruins improve to 3-3 overall, while picking up their first NWC win of the season (1-0).
Freshman Serg Ovchinnikov was the Pioneers leading scorer, finishing with 14 points after hitting half of his shots from the field. Senior Ross Erickson concluded the evening with 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Erickson also ended the night tied for a game-high two blocks.
Sean Atkins of the Bruins was the night's leading scorer with 20 points, while teammate Anthony Sanchez led all players with 10 boards.
The Pioneers opened the game on a Justin Leathers jumper but were not able to put much distance between themselves and Bruins until the 12:20 mark. A layup by Caron Rayford earned the Pioneers a 13-6 advantage after a Bruin turnover.
Lewis & Clark picked up a double-digit lead with 5:09 to play after a Quentin Sims jumper put the Pios ahead 27-17. The Pioneers still held a 10 point lead in the final minute and a half of the first half. With eight seconds left to go until halftime, Atkins hit a jumper for GFU to send the two sides into the locker room with the Pios leading 35-27.
It didn't take long for the Bruins to pull themselves back into the contest in the start of the second period, with Jon Adrian earning them the lead with 16:34 to play. Ovchinnikov recaptured the lead for the Pioneers with a jumper off a fast break with 12:48 on the clock. The next eight minutes would be a back and forth battle with the teams swapping the lead on five times.
A three pointer by Josh Garlington with 4:33 to go gave the lead back to Bruins, this time for good. The Pioneers pulled within a point, 57-56, with 12 seconds to go on a Ben Neves free-throw but would not be able to over take the Bruins.
The Pioneers return to the court on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. when they host Portland Bible.