PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers lost their home opener to the Warner Pacific Knights by one point, 91-90, this Wednesday night. The Pioneers leading scorers were sophomore Nico Bricker who dropped 25 points and junior Mak Hutson who had 20. Bricker had a double-double with 9-17 field-goals, went 1-1 from behind the arc, and 12 rebounds. Hutson had a 50% shooting night all around going 8-16 in field-goals and 4-8 in three pointers.
In the first half the Pioneers were 100% in free-throws going 5-5 to the Knights 33% going 4-12. This helped the Pios keep the lead for almost 3/4 of the first half. In the last seconds of the first half starter Kyle Owens drained a three-pointer putting the Pios up by one and ending the first half 39-38.
In the second half the Knights jumped out to a 15 point lead within the first five minutes, 57-42. After a couple of posessions, Lewis & Clark was crawled back to within five from multiple three pointers by the Pios. The Pioneers had 10 of their 14 three-pointers in the second half alone. With 15 seconds left in the game, Hutson hit an important three-point shot making the score 89-87. But after a pair of made free-throws by the Knights, the three-point shot made by Brickers was only able to bring the Pioneers to within one.
Lewis & Clark will be playing at Pamplin Sports center this Saturday night at 5 p.m.