PORTLAND, Ore. - Jason Luhnow and Carl Appletoneach finished with a team-high 13 points in the Lewis & Clark men's basketball teams 64-61 win at Warner Pacific on Friday night. Appleton pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds in the win, while Luhnow collected 10.
The win is the Pioneers third straight, while the Knights fall to 6-2 on the season.
Luhnow ended the night 5-of-6 from the free-throw line, while hitting two three pointers. Appleton ended the night 3-of-4 from the charity stripe, while finishing 5-of-8 from the floor. Junior Serg Ovchinnikov also ended the night in double figures in scoring, netting 12 points, nine of which came from long distance.
Coletum Tarr finished the night with 21 points off the bench for the Knights, while teammate Keaton Bankofier netted 12 points.
Despite hitting the first basket of the game, the Knights quickly found themselves trailing 7-2 at the start of the contest, courtesy of baskets by Ovchinnikov, Cannen Roberson and Justin Leathers. The Pioneers continued to tack on points, taking their largest lead of the contest with 12:07 left to play, making it a 20-6 game. The Pioneers held a double-digit advantage until the last three minutes of the first half when the Knights began to make a last minute push.
The Knights managed to end the first half on a 9-3 run, sending the Pioneers into the locker room with a 34-29 advantage.
The second half was much more tightly contested, with the Knights fighting their way back into the game. Warner Pacific took its second lead of the game with 15:17 to go, before taking its largest lead with 7:35 remaining. Undeterred, the Pioneers continued to fight and recaptured the lead on a LaDarrell Mongkholtham jumper with 4:54 on the clock. The two sides continued to trade possession of the lead over the next couple of plays before the Pioneers earned the lead for good on another Ovchinnikov three with a little over a minute to go. The junior made one of his two free-throws at the end of the contest to hand the Pioneers the three point victory.
The Pioneers return home for their next contest when they host Concordia at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22.