Men's Basketball Comes From Behind; Defeats Pacific 63-61

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark men's basketball team trailed the Pacific Boxers most of time in Tuesday night's Northwest Conference contest. The Pioneers continued to pressure the Boxers throughout the contest, coming from behind to pull out a 63-61 win. 

The win improves the Pioneers to 10-6 overall and 4-3 in conference action. The Boxers fall to 8-6 overall and 2-3 in conference. 

Senior James Hollins led the Pioneers with 15 points, while Dexter Pearce netted 14 points. Seniors Scott Pisapia and Ross Erickson each finished the night with 11 points for the Pioneers. 

Colin Wester led all players with 20 points for the Boxers, while Danny Brakebush and Dustin Dowser each scored 11 points. 

It took a little bit of time for either side to pull away in the opening five minutes of the first half with both sides sitting at 8-8 with 15:18 to play. Mitch Wettig woke up the Boxer offense with a layup sparking a 8-0 Pacific run. Brakebush put the Boxers ahead by 10 points, 26-16, with 8:11 on the clock. 

Erickson pulled the Pioneers back within two possessions with 3:16 on the clock with a quick jumper. The Boxers responded with a layup sending the Pios to the locker room with an eight point, 36-28, deficit. 

Pacific continued to control the game in the start of the second half, holding a 10 point advantage on and off until the 13:42 mark. An 11-2 Pioneer run over the next four minutes brought Lewis & Clark back within a point of the Boxers. 

Erickson tied the game at 52-52 with 7:01 on the clock with a layup. Pisapia then went on to hit back-to-back-to-back three pointers to earn the Pioneers a 61-55 lead with 3:23 to go. 

With just six seconds remaining Wester hit a three pointer to make it a 63-61 game. Pacific received one last chance to take the win with a Brakebush three pointer at the buzzer but the freshman was unable to drain the shot. 

The Pioneers return to action on Friday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. when they host the Pacific Lutheran Lutes. 

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