Slow start, late rallies not enough for Pios against CLU

Slow start, late rallies not enough for Pios against CLU

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Trailing 80-66 with under four minutes to play, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers went on a 13-2 run to get within three points at the 41-second mark but it wasn't enough for the Pios to surpass the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen in an 87-83 defeat on Friday night at Pamplin Sports Center.

The Pioneers (0-4) rallied from a 14-point deficit to tie the game, 35-35, at halftime. Freshman Zeke Crawford, who finished with 14 points, had eight in the first half to help lead Lewis & Clark's rally in the opening 20 minutes.

In the first nine minutes of the second half, CLU outscored the Pios, 30-10, to go up by a game-high 20 points. Adrian Francis, who was limited to eight minutes in the first half because of two fouls, scored 15 in the second half to go with 12 from Wolfgang Wood, who finished with a game-high 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting.

Lewis & Clark's Nico Bricker shot 10 of 12 for the game and scored 16 of his team-high 22 points in the second half. He had his first career double-double by adding a game-best 10 rebounds. He also led the Pioneers with six assists.

Both teams shot over 51 percent from the field, but CLU had a 50-32 percent advantage in 3-point shots. The Kingsmen also went 28 of 37 from the free-throw line compared to Lewis & Clark's 15 of 27 performance.

Kyle Owens made one of his two 3-pointers with 3:13 remaining to start Lewis & Clark's late run. Adrian Romero and Cory Coombe scored the next five points to get the Pios within 80-74 with 1:13 left. Andrew Vickers, who had 15 points, hit a three with 53 seconds remaining before Romero added one more layup with 41 seconds left.

Francis shot 4 for 4 and Caleb Richey made 2 of 4 from the free-throw line to help CLU preserve the lead.

Lewis & Clark hosts Chapman on Saturday night to round out its post-Thanksgiving pair of games.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Friday

Pacific 69, UC-Santa Cruz 60
Saint John's 76, Willamette 64
Whitman 90, Schreiner 61
Puget Sound 74, Dallas 73