Best shooting night of the NWC season sparks Pios win

Best shooting night of the NWC season sparks Pios win

PORTLAND, Ore. — Zeke Crawford scored a career-high 21 points to lead five in double figures as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers took the season series from the Pacific Lutheran Lutes with a 79-69 win at Pamplin Sports Center on Friday night.

Lewis & Clark had its best shooting night in any Northwest Conference game this season, making 52 percent from the floor. Crawford went 10 of 12 from the floor to compliment three starters who were 50 percent or better from the field. Kyle Owens added 16 points on 4 of 7 shooting while Making Hutson scored 10 after going 4 for 5. Andrew Vickers added 15 points and Nico Bricker had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Pioneers best shooting night overall this season was on Dec. 8 in a 119-70 win over Northwest Indian College, Lewis & Clark's highest point total of the season. The three was working unlike it had in the last three games, as the Pios made 10 of 26 (39 percent). Lewis & Clark also had its most assists on the year with a total of 18, led by Hutson, Vickers and Bricker who had four apiece. 

The Lutes had five who scored double digits, too, led by Zac Webb's 17. Pacific Lutheran opened up with the lead in the first 90 seconds of the game, but never led again after the Pioneers captured the advantage. Despite trailing by 16 points near halftime, the Lutes never went away, as Lewis & Clark led by less than 10 points with just under 30 seconds left in regulation. When Kelton Williams scored two of his 14 points with 4:19 remaining in the second half, PLU moved to within five, 68-63. 

Lewis & Clark plays at Linfield at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Linfield lost to Puget Sound, 76-71, in overtime on Friday, which eliminated the Pioneers from a Northwest Conference tournament spot.