PORTLAND, Ore. - Sophomore Serg Ovchinnikov knocked down 26 points on Sunday night in the Lewis & Clark men's basketball teams 88-72 win over the Panthers of SUNY Old Westbury. Senior Quentin Sims was just as impressive, recording the games only double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The win moves the Pioneers to 2-0 on the season, while Old Westbury falls to 1-1 overall.
The Pioneers came out blazing in the first half, building a lead that stretched to as much as 36 points and going into the half 62-32. As a team, Lewis & Clark shot 43.9 percent in the first half, and a staggering 47.8 percent from three-point range.
Ovchinnikov found his stride early, shooting 6-8 from behind the arc to the tune of 23 first half points. Defensively, the Pioneers kept the Panthers in check, forcing 17 turnovers and holding them to 37.1 percent shooting.
Lewis & Clark's first half success from long range was largely due to the up-tempo pace from the Pioneers. Quick counter attacks after missed Old Westbury shots translated into numerous open looks from downtown for Lewis & Clark.
The momentum shifted in the second half, as Old Westbury slowly chipped away at the Pioneer lead with full court pressure and a rededicated effort to driving into the lane. On defense the Panthers forced 14 Lewis & Clark turnovers while committing only three of their own. Old Westbury outscored the Lewis & Clark 40-26 in the second half.
The closest the Panthers would get, however, would be 13 points, as Lewis & Clark got Old Westbury into foul trouble midway through the second half. The Pioneers capitalized from the free throw line, scoring 12 of their 26 second-half points from the stripe. Justin Leathers especially stepped in the second half, leading Lewis & Clark with seven points, including 5-8 shooting from the free throw line.
After Ovchinnikov's 26 points, the Pioneers had two other players finish in double figures for scoring. Sims scored 14 points and Jason Luhnow added 11, each going 3-10 from three-point range.
Sims pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the team, and also tied for the team high with two steals.
Lewis & Clark plays its next game on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at home against Warner Pacific. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.