Slow start digs hole, Pios lose at Linfield

Slow start digs hole, Pios lose at Linfield

McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers didn't score until the 13:46 mark of the opening half in a 65-50 loss to the Linfield Wildcats on Saturday night at Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

Alex Jones' basket was the first points for the Pios other than three Jonathan Boddie free throws as Lewis & Clark dug a 21-3 hole and Linfield was able to hold on for its first Northwest Conference victory.

Lewis & Clark falls to 1-6 overall and 1-1 in the NWC.

"The energy was a little different tonight," said senior Cannen Roberson, who finished with six points. "We didn't come out with the same fire that we had on Friday and we dug ourselves into a hole that was difficult to come out of.

"It's a learning experience and we have a good opportunity to bounce back on Tuesday." Lewis & Clark plays at Evergreen State on Tuesday.

Andrew Vickers had a team-high 13 points on 4 of 10 shooting. His back-to-back 3-point scores brought Lewis & Clark within single digits late, but Linfield (4-2, 1-1 NWC) ran the lead back up to 15. The Wildcats shot 14 of 19 from the free-throw line and got 27 combined points from Tyler Watts and Kyle Maloof.

Lewis & Clark's 30 percent shooting percentage was their lowest since shooting 25 percent against Claremont M-S on Nov. 19. The Pioneers were also under 20 percent from 3-point range for just the second time this year. On Friday, in an 84-62 win over Pacific Lutheran, the Pios hit 42 percent, a season high. Lewis & Clark did have its third free-throw percentage above 70 percent this year against Linfield.

Linfield outrebounded Lewis & Clark, 48-31, which led to an 18-6 advantage in second-chance points.

The Pioneers play three home games to close out the non-conference schedule after the trip to Evergreen State. Lewis & Clark's next home game is on Dec. 16 against Caltech.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Saturday

Whitworth 91, Willamette 79
George Fox 85, Puget Sound 78
Pacific 77, Pacific Lutheran 70