PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark men's basketball team held a 35-28 lead over Warner Pacific at halftime of the teams non-conference contest on Wednesday afternoon, but were unable to hold off the Knights who came back to earn a 73-65 victory.
The loss drops the Pioneers to 5-4 on the season, while the Knights improve to 8-3.
Freshman Serg Ovchinnikov led the Pioneers with 19 points, hitting 4-of 8 from three point range. Ross Erickson knocked down 14 points and collected a team-high six rebounds. Freshman Jason Luhnow also ended the game in double-digits, contributing 12 points after hitting 4-of-9 from long range.
Doug Thomas led all players with 24 points, while Stephen Harris scored 22 points and pulled down a game-high eight boards.
Warner Pacific scored first, but it didn't last long as the Pioneers countered with an Ovchinnikov three pointer, making it a 3-2 game. Lewis & Clark cruised to a 17-10 lead over a nine minute span.
Ovchinnikov hit a jumper with 4:25 on the clock, handing the Pios their first 10 point lead of the contest. Coletun Tarr brought the Knight's deficit to 35-28 right before the half with a quick layup and a made free-throw with a little over a minute left.
Lewis & Clark continued to hold the lead throughout the start of the second half. The game shifted in Warner Pacific's favor with 9:17 to go with a turnover allowing Thomas to tie the game at 50 all.
The Knight's began slowly building a lead that they would never relinquish.
The Pioneers return to the court on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. against Whittier.