Back-and-forth game is a loss for Pioneers

Back-and-forth game is a loss for Pioneers

TACOMA, Wash. -- Leading by one with 22 seconds remaining, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers lost on a 3-pointer by Pacific Lutheran's Kyle Sawtell with three seconds left in a 59-57 final on Saturday night at Names Family Court.

Alex Jones made a 3-pointer with 42 seconds remaining to put the Pioneers up 57-56, and Markel Leonard had a steal on the Lutes next possession. Cannen Roberson missed a free throw and Pacific Lutheran had the ball one more time, ending in the Sawtell three.

The lead changed 18 times in the game, as the game was back-and-forth toward the end of the first half and middle part of the second half.

Kyle Owens started the game 0 for 3 from 3-point range, but then hit three in a row to help Lewis & Clark recover from a slow shooting start to finish 13 of 35 from three, a season high for attempts.

The Lutes took control to lead 33-25 at halftime. Over the end of the first half and beginning of the second half, PLU used a 14-5 run to eventually lead by 10 points.

The Pios took the lead back on Leonard's 3-pointer with just three minutes remaining, but PLU tied the game 90 seconds later before Jones' 3-pointer put Lewis & Clark back on top.

Jones, who had a season-high 15 points against Whitman last weekend, scored 12 points against PLU, shooting 4 of 8 from 3-point range. Roberson scored 11 points to move past 900 in his career. Owens and Leonard had nine points apiece.

Cory Coombe went 2 of 5 from long range to finish with six points and was a key defender to hold PLU's Brandon Lester, the Lutes' leading scorer, to three points in the second half after scoring 14 in the first to finish with a game-high 17 points. Jared Christy finished with 16, scoring 13 in the second half.

Andrew Vickers scored all five of his points in the second half, scoring a layup and making a free throw to put the Pios up 51-49 with 6:08 remaining. Along with Leonard's three, the Pios had their largest lead of the second half, 54-49.

Lewis & Clark is back home for its next game, hosting George Fox on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The Pioneers, who lost 103-96 in overtime against George Fox, are sixth in the Northwest Conference standings, two games back of Tuesday's opponent. 

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Saturday

George Fox 67, Pacific 65
Linfield 71, Puget Sound 59
Whitman 100, Willamette 59