First-half lead not enough to defeat the Loggers

First-half lead not enough to defeat the Loggers

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers had a tough loss this Friday night at Memorial Fieldhouse, losing to Puget Sound, 95-87. The defeat dropped Lewis & Clark's record to 1-6 in Northwest Conference play.

In the first half, the Pioneers showed their confidence and poise against the Puget Sound full-court press taking a 40-47 lead. It was a physical half as both teams combined for 32 turnovers along with 22 fouls. In the 11th minute, Andrew Vickers made a breakaway steal and jammed in a dunk to take back the lead 16-15. Kyle Owens then went on a hot streak hitting four 3-pointers in the first half. Mak Hutson was on the receiving end of multiple fouls by Puget Sound and went 5-6 in free-throws since they were in the double bonus.

Throughout the second half, Lewis & Clark had multiple turnovers due to the full-court press by Puget Sound. This allowed the Loggers to take an 11 point lead in the eighth minute. The Pios ended the game with 33 turnovers which allowed for 39 of Puget Sounds points.

Lewis & Clark ended the game with a field-goal percentage of 42.9% while also getting 27 points off turnovers. Both teams had 11 3-pointers on the night and combined for 55 turnovers with 48 fouls.

Vickers was the leading scorer for the Pioneers tonight with 19 points and five rebounds. Both Owens and Nico Bricker had 16 points but Bricker fouled out late in the second half.

Lewis & Clark will be coming back home to Pamplin Sports Center to play against George Fox this Saturday night. The contest will begin at 7 p.m.