Pioneers unable to dig out of first-half hole against Chapman

Pioneers unable to dig out of first-half hole against Chapman

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Trailing by 18 at halftime, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers outscored the visiting Chapman Panthers in the second half but were unable to overcome the lead in a 60-50 defeat at Pamplin Sports Center.

Andrew Vickers, who was limited to 10 minutes because of first-half foul trouble, scored 11 points on 5 of 8 shooting in the second half to push Lewis & Clark's comeback attempt.

The loss is Lewis & Clark's fifth straight, while Chapman evened its record at 2-2.

Down 18 points, Vickers made a 3-pointer and added a layup about one minute later to bring Lewis & Clark back within 13 four minutes into the second half. His three ended a streak of 11-straight misses from 3-point range to start the game. Back-to-back scores by Zeke Crawford and Cannen Roberson with under 1:10 remaining closed the gap to 54-50, but Chapman made four free throws and a layup to close out the game.

The Pios never led on Saturday night as the game was tight through the first seven minutes. Roberson, who finished with 11 points, scored a basket with 12:50 left in the opening half to bring Lewis & Clark within 13-12 before the Pioneers went over five minutes without another score.

Another drought struck the Pios again toward the end of the half. Following Markel Leonard's jumper with 5:47 left, Lewis & Clark didn't score another field goal and only had two points on Crawford's free throws with 44 seconds remaining. Chapman led 36-18 at halftime.

Cam Haslam scored 16 points to lead the Panthers, although the 11 points from Tyler Green seemed more impactful in fueling the Panthers in the later part of the opening half. With 4:25 to go in the first, Green entered the game for the third time and hit three 3-pointers to extend Chapman's lead to from 10 to 20 shortly before halftime.

Despite shooting 2 of 17 from 3-point range, the Pioneers weren't outshot greatly overall in the game. Chapman made 45 percent to Lewis & Clark's 39 percent. The Pios did hold a 12-4 advantage in second-chance points.

Lewis & Clark begins Northwest Conference play on Dec. 2 by hosting Pacific Lutheran.

Other Northwest Conference Games - Saturday

Pacific 61, Redlands 59
Puget Sound 91, Whittier 71
Augsburg 85, Willamette 73
Pacific Lutheran 76, Dallas 66
Whitman 98, Texas Lutheran 82