PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers got their second Northwest Conference win this Saturday night against the George Fox Bruins, 81-78. The Pios faced another full-court press team and were able to make their free-throw attempts to bring home the win.
Lewis and Clark's Kyle Owens started off the Pioneers first half with three straight 3-pointers. This led to multiple Pios attempting and making 3-pointers of their own. More than half of the field-goal attempts made by the Pios were 3-point attempts and they were able to shoot 45% from behind the arc. Although, by the end of the first half the Pioneers were only up by two points because the Bruins made just as many field-goal attempts.
With 18 seconds to go in the second half and both teams tied at 78, freshman Nick Lombardi got fouled on a layup attempt which sent him to the free-throw line. Lombardi was able to make both clutch free-throws to put the Pios up two. On the next posession, George Fox's Thomas Rico got fouled but missed the first free-throw on a 1-and-1 and Lewis & Clark's Daelon Floyd got fouled after the rebound. Floyd was able to make one of two free-throws to put the Pios up three and the Bruins last 3-point attempt at the final buzzer missed off of the front of the rim.
Lombardi tied his career-high nine points tonight and Zeke Crawford set a new career-high with 17 points. Crawford also had a career-best in free-throws made (6) and free-throw attempts (7). The leading scorer for the Pioneers tonight was Nico Bricker with 19 points and eight rebounds.
The Pioneers did a great job at securing the ball tonight only making 13 turnovers compared to 33 on Friday night against Puget Sound. The team also had a season-high four blocks and 17 assists. Lewis & Clark's execution tonight improved their record to 5-3 at home and 2-6 in conference play.
Lewis & Clark will be traveling to Pacific this Tuesday and tip-off will begin at 8 p.m.