TACOMA, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark men's basketball team secured the No. 4 seed in the Northwest Tournament after defeating the Pacific Lutheran Lutes 55-50.
The Pioneers end the regular season 16-9 overall and 10-6 in conference play. The Lutes conclude things at 8-17 overall and 6-10 in the NWC.
Senior James Hollins led all players with 25 points, hitting 5-of-10 from behind the three point arc. Hollins led the Pios with eight rebounds. Ross Erickson ended the evening with nine points, while Justin Leathers scored six.
Andrew Earnest led the Lutes with 13 points, while Cameron Schilling ended the night with 10 points.
Pacific Lutheran held most of the momentum through the open minutes of the first half. Down 14-10 the Pioneers scored eight unanswered points to capture the lead for the remainder of the period.
The Pioneers took a 30-18 advantage after scoring the first four points of the second half. The Lutes cut their deficit under double-digits courtesy of Schilling threes. The Pios had a chance to put the game out of reach down the stretch with free-throws, but managed to hit two out of six. Hollins hit both free-throws to help the Pios earn the 55-50 win.
Lewis & Clark travels to Spokane, Wash. to take on No. 1 seed Whitworth. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. This marks the second consecutive season the Pioneers have made the NWC Tournament under head coach Dinari Foreman.