SEATTLE, Wash. – The Lewis & Clark Pioneers started off their season on Saturday evening with an 96-65, exhibition loss against the Seattle Pacific Falcons. The game was the first time sixth-year head coach Dinari Foreman had ever coached against the Falcons, a NCAA Division II team. It was the 19th time that the two teams had met, with this loss leaving the Pioneers 10-9 all-time against SPU. The last time the two teams met was in 1999.
Junior Markel Leonard led the team with 13 points, a 66 percent field goal percentage, and three rebounds. He started out the season with the first two points of the game, leaving the Pioneers with an early lead. Also starting for the Pioneers, freshman Andrew Vickers led the team in steals, grabbing two in his debut game. Fellow freshmen Sean Yamamoto, Andrew Vickers, Zeke Crawford, Nico Bricker, Andrew Panicacci also saw their first minutes.
In the first half, the Pios struggled with personal fouls, posting a total of 11 team fouls. After losing an early lead, Lewis & Clark kept the game close, staying within 10 points of the Falcons until the last five minutes of the half. With 5 seconds left, senior Cory Coombe hit a last second jumper, leaving the game tied 48-30 at half time.
After halftime, the Pioneers were unable to come back from the 18-point deficit. The Falcons held the lead for the rest of the half, once again forcing 8 fouls by Lewis & Clark. Junior Jonathon Boddie added four points to his five in the first half. Boddie also had the only block of the game in the first half, grabbing the rebound off of his block before receiving his first foul of the game.
The Pios scored 31 points off of the bench, with Coombe and junior Kyle Owens making big impacts. Coombe posted 12 points, as well as three rebounds, while Owens had six points and five rebounds.
Lewis & Clark plays next at Warner Pacific on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Their first Northwest Conference game is December 2 against Pacific Lutheran at 8 p.m at Pamplin Sports Center.