PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark men's basketball team won its fourth straight game on Friday night, defeating the Pacific Lutheran Lutes 71-59 in Northwest Conference action. The win moves the Pioneers to third place in the conference standings.
The win moves the Pioneers to 11-6 on the season and 5-3 in conference play. The Lutes fall to just 4-12 on the year and 2-5 in the conference.
James Hollins led everyone with 20 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the year. Senior Dexter Pearce also had a strong night, finishing with 18 points, while Ross Erickson ended the game with 17 points and nine boards.
Drew Earnest led the Lutes with 14 points, while teammate Daniel Landram had 12.
The first half saw the two sides battling through the first 15 minutes of action with neither side pulling more than three points ahead. Lewis & Clark changed that with 5:39 on the clock when a Pearce three pointer put the Pioneers ahead 24-20. An 8-2 run increased the Pios advantage to 31-23 with 3:37 to go. However, the Lutes managed to come from behind to take a 37-34 lead into the half.
Pearce and Hollins opened the second half with consecutive three pointers, earning the Pioneers a 39-37 lead, which they would never lose. Hollins put Lewis & Clark ahead 54-44 courtesy of two made free throws with 9:01 to go. The Pioneers maintained a double-digit lead until the end of the game.
The Pioneers return to the court on Friday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. against George Fox on the road.