SPOKANE, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark men's basketball team fell to nationally ranked Whitworth 89-70 on Friday night on the road in Northwest Conference action.
The Pioneers fall to 13-7 overall and 7-4 in conference play. The Pirates improve to 19-1 on the season and a perfect 11-0 in the NWC.
Senior Dexter Pearce led the Pioneers with a team-high 17 points, while James Hollins ended the night with 14 points. Freshman Jason Luhnow ended his night one point shy of double-digits, scoring nine points in the loss.
Taylor Farnsworth led all players with 22 points, while teammate Colton McCarger scored 16 points in the win.
Lewis & Clark came to play in the first half, giving the Pirates a fight in the opening minutes of the game. The two sides tied the contest four times in the first three minutes, before the Pioneers shot ahead to a five point, 13-8, advantage with 15:50 remaining.
Whitworth captured the lead with 12:52 to go until halftime, but Pearce tied the game for the sixth time 12 seconds later. Pearce earned the Pioneers a three point advantage moments later but the Pirates quickly responded, eventually running up a double-digit advantage. Whitworth ended the half with two made free-throws, heading into the locker room with a 13 point, 46-33, advantage.
The Pirates held a double-digit lead throughout the entire second half, never allowing Lewis & Clark closer than 11 points.
The Pioneers return to action at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Whitman.