Pioneers send off senior Jonathan Smith with blowout win

Pioneers send off senior Jonathan Smith with blowout win

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Pioneers won tonight with their most points scored and largest margin of the season, 119-70. This has been the most points Lewis & Clark has scored since there 2013-14 season against the same team. Not only were they able to play everyone but every single Pioneer player scored more than two points. 

In the first half, the Pioneers were able to score 68 points, eight away from the school record of most points in a half. The record stands at 76 points back in 1971 against Willamette. Senior Jonathan Smith scored the first points of the game for the Pioneers off of a fade-away jump shot. The starters for the Pioneers sprinted out to a 20 point lead halfway through the first half, 37-17. By the 15th minute of the first half the Pioneers were playing all of their bench players and near the end of the half, almost all of the Pioneers scored points. Sean Yamamoto ended the first half with a buzzer beater step-back three which was also his first points of the game. 

Lewis & Clark ended the first half with a field-goal percentage of 59.1%, a 3-point percentage of 61.1%, and 100% free-throw shooting.

The second half was all about the Pioneers bench. The final two Pioneers to score were Andrew Panicacci along with Trevor Jeg. Panicacci made a three in the second minute and Jeg made a layup in the seventh minute. The Pios finished the game with a season-high 16 made 3-pointers and 57.1% 3-point shooting. They also out rebounded Northwest Indian College 51-35 rebounds and 54-20 points in the paint. The Pioneers also had their most points off the bench this season with 76.

The leading scorer for the Pioneers tonight was Daelon Floyd with 15 points, two steals, four assists and five rebounds. Ryan Stewart had his career-high best night with 13 points, one assist, and three rebounds. 

Jaloni Pepper was the leading scorer for Northwest Indian College with 30 points, three blocks, two steals, two assists and 10 rebounds. 

"It's been a great run since I have been here." said Senior Smith "We were able to come out tonight and seeing all the support from our football teammates felt really good and it felt good to play for them."

Smith made his very first start in his last game of the season. Smith ended his collegiate career with six points, a team-high nine rebounds, and one assist. Senior Gage Bumgardner also had a career-high nine points, one block, one steal, one assist and six rebounds.

"It's been awesome playing with him (Jonathan Smith) on the field and on the court." said Bumgardner "He brings so much energy on and off the court. It really has been fun to play with him and we are all going to miss him a lot. Him and I haven't gotten a bunch of minutes on the court but all I can say is that it has been fun."

The Pioneers will be going on their winter break and will resume play on Dec. 20 against Portland Bible at 5 p.m.