PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers dropped their Northwest Conference home opener to the Pacific Boxers, 96-77. It was another tough shooting night for the Pioneers but they did have hustle finishing the game with 31 rebounds and 17 second chance points.
"I think it was big (regarding hustle and defense)" said Mak Hutson "I thought we just needed to move the ball a bit more, play better defense and make less mental mistakes."
The first half didn't go in the Pioneers favor ending with them down 11 points, 46-35. The Pioneers started off the game missing their first four shots, three of which were three-point attempts, while the Boxers took a 7-0 lead. Andrew Vickers scored the first three points for the Pios after getting fouled on a three-point attempt and making all his free-throw attempts. Daelon Floyd made the first three-point attempt for Lewis & Clark in the eighth minute which was quickly answered by a three-pointer by Pacifics' Jeriko Santos. Vickers then answered the Boxers' three with a three-pointer of his own.
Pacific ended the first half with a field goal percentage of 59.4% to the Pioneers 30.3%. The Pioneers also ended the first half making 3 of 19 three-point attempts while taking almost three times as many shots than Pacific.
Both teams come out with fire in the second half which lead to a double technical foul on Lewis & Clarks' Floyd and Pacifics' Nate Olowo. After that the Boxers held on to the lead for the rest of the game.
The Pioneers finished the game with a 37.3% field-goal percentage and an 18.4% three-point percentage. This is the fourth game in a row where the Pios shot under 25% from behind the arc.
"We did a little better tonight in shooting" said Hutson "But is starts off with gettting the ball inside the paint a little more and moving it. The shots will fall because we are all good shooters and good players."
Vickers was the leading scorer for the Pioneers with 18 points and seven rebounds. Hutson was second with 15 points, one steal, three assists and four rebounds. Floyd was the leader in rebounds with eight along with 11 points.
The Pioneers will be playing against Evergreen St. this upcoming Wednesday on Dec. 6 at Pamplin Sports Center. The game will begin at 7 p.m. and will be the first of five consecutive non-conference games before playing against Whitworth on Jan. 5.