NEWBERG, Ore. -Senior Connor Freeberg netted a team-high 17 points on Tuesday night in the Lewis & Clark men's basketball teams Northwest Conference make-up game at George Fox. The Bruins edged out the Pioneers 81-78.
The Pioneer loss moves them and the Bruins to 8-6 in conference action and ties them for fourth place in the conference standings with just two games remaining in regular season. The Pios and Bruins are both 15-8 overall.
Freeberg was 3-of-5 from three-point range and 7-14 from the floor. Quentin Sims scored 15 points, while Kurt Parker knocked down 11 off the bench. Jason Luhnow and Bradley Carterled the Pios with six boards. Ben Neves ended his night with six assists and two assists.
Sean Atkins led all players with 30 points, while pulling down a game-high eight boards.
Lewis & Clark fell behind early in the first half and were never able to dig itself out of the hole. The closes the Pios got to the Bruins in the first half came at the 3:12 on a Freeberg layup that made it a 31-29 contest.
Despite winning the second half, the Pioneers were never able to take the lead. Sims pulled the Pios within two points once again with 50 seconds left in the game thanks to a huge three-point basket. However, the Bruins would find enough strength to keep the Pios at a distance.
The Pioneers return to the court on Friday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. when they host Whitworth.