Pioneers start off winter break with a win

Pioneers start off winter break with a win

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers started slowly, missing their first nine 3-point attempts, before making seven of their next 10 in an 81-56 win over the Caltech Beavers on Friday afternoon at Pamplin Sports Center.

The Pios had three players end the game with over 10 points, led by a career-high 18 from Andrew Vickers, who made 2 of his 3 attempts from 3-point range.

"We have a lot of great shooters on the team," said Vickers, who shot 5 of 7 overall. "It's just a matter of time before they start falling. We just have to keep finding guys open and they'll start falling."

For the game, Lewis & Clark (2-7) shot 31 percent from 3-point range, which was not nearly its best this season. However, the long shot was key during a stretch that spanned from just under four minutes remaining in the first half until there was 11:15 left in the second. Seven 3-point scores during that time moved the Pioneers from an eight-point lead to a 25-point edge.

Leading 32-20 at halftime, the Pioneers outscored Caltech 24-11 in the first 8:45 of the second half. Lewis & Clark has won both games they've led after the first 20 minutes of play.

"We've struggled this year so far coming out with intensity," said Vickers. "We knew we had the lead at the half and we wanted to come out super intense and put them down because we know how we are capable of playing."

Cannen Roberson had 16 points, his season high for a third time this year and second-in-a-row, to go with Vickers' 18 points. Roberson shot a game-high 14 times, making half. Along with Zeke Crawford, Roberson and Vickers pulled down seven rebounds apiece. Jonathan Boddie had a game-high nine boards.

Lewis & Clark outshot Caltech, 50-35 percent, in the second half. The teams combined to shoot 7 of 29 to start the game.

The Beavers (0-7) attempted to come back from a game-high 27-point deficit, bringing Lewis & Clark's lead back down to 15 with 5:00 remaining. The Pioneers scored the next nine points to boost the lead to 73-49 two minutes later.

Nico Bricker scored 12 points, the third double-digit scoring performance of his freshman season. Kyle Owens and Boddie scored six points apiece.

The Pioneers play two more non-conference games in Portland next week. On Tuesday, Lewis & Clark hosts Wesley at 5 p.m. before a 4 p.m. tip against Wooster the next day. Northwest Conference games resume for the Pios on Jan. 3 at George Fox.