PORTLAND, Ore. – The Lewis & Clark men's basketball team captured an 82-77 win over Portland Bible on Tuesday night in the teams final home game before the new year.
Portland Bible held a brief lead with early jumpers from Breen Weeks and Shabaz King-Lewis. The Pioneers quickly tied the game at 4-4 with 18:19 before going on a 16-0 run. The run was capped off by a Justin Leathers jumper with 11:10 on the clock making it a 20-4 game.
Freshman Kurt Parker earned the Pioneers a 21 point, 29-8, lead at the 8:31 mark with a long range three pointer. Portland Bible cut the deficit to 13 points right before the half with a three pointer by Weeks with 22 seconds remaining.
The Pioneer bench contributed 20 points in the half with 16 points coming off turnovers.
Weeks pulled Portland Bible within five points in opening three minutes of the second half with an 8-0 run all on his own. The Pioneers quickly called a timeout following the run and returned to a solid double-digit cushion.
Lewis & Clark remained in control of the lead throughout the half, but Portland Bible made sure to keep it interesting. Doug Noteboom pulled the visitors within two points with 57 seconds to play with a three pointer. Portland Bible continued to foul the Pioneers in the final seconds, hoping to pull closer, but the Pios managed to hit enough free-throws to pull out the 82-77 win.
Serg Ovchinnikov led the Pioneers with 19 points and six rebounds, hitting 5-of-9 from three point range. Parker ended the night with 13 points, while Luhnow scored 12 in the win and Quentin Sims scored 11.
The Pioneers return to the court on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. against Northwest Christian.