TACOMA, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark men's basketball team fought until the end against Puget Sound on Friday night, but was unable to come from behind, falling to the Loggers 92-85.
The Pioneers fall to 13-9 on the season and 7-6 in Northwest Conference action. The loss puts the Pioneers in a two-way tie for fourth place in the NWC standings. The Loggers improve to 9-13 overall and 4-9 in the NWC.
Derek Jobe led all players with 36 points. Dan Chelendinas added 14 points for the Loggers.
The Loggers got things going on a Jobe jumper on the opening possession. The Pioneers responded with a Justin Leathers layup seconds later. Lewis & Clark held onto the lead over the next five minutes of play.
Puget Sound regained the lead for good on a Gabe Borboa layup. The Loggers continued to pull away from the Pioneers as the two sides headed into the half.
Despite going into the locker room down by 20 points, the Pioneers continued to battle and slowly chip away at the Logger lead. Dexter Pearce pulled the Pioneers within five points with 9:43 to go with a three pointer.
The Loggers increased their advantage back to double-digits over the next eight minutes, before Erickson once again pulled the Pios within five. Puget Sound managed to do enough down the stretch to keep the Pioneers at bay, earning the win.
Lewis & Clark returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. in the Pamplin Sports Center against Willamette. The Pioneers will recognize their seniors prior to the start of the contest. Fans are encouraged to wear white in an effort to 'white out' the gym. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be raffling off items, as well as taking donations all in support of the Special Olympics of Oregon.