Pioneers are again unable to find their rhythm in loss to Willamette

Pioneers are again unable to find their rhythm in loss to Willamette

SALEM, Ore. -- Lewis & Clark had another rough shooting night in their loss to the Willamette Bearcats (3-1, 1-0 NWC). The Pioneers lost 64-47 on Friday night at Sparks Center only making 16 of 65 field goal shots (25 percent) and 7 of 33 three-point shots (21 percent).

The Pioneers (1-4, 0-1 NWC) trailed the entire game and had their lowest scoring night of the season with 47 points. The Pios were also held scoreless in the first five minutes of the first half while Willamette took a 14-0 lead. Mak Hutson scored the first points for the Pioneers on a made 3-point jump shot five minutes into the game.

Andrew Vickers was able to help close the gap to an eight-point lead at the end of the first half scoring 12 points for the Pioneers. 

Even though the Bearcats had the turnover disadvantage, 16-9, the Pioneers were unable to find the basket, making 10 fewer shots than the Bearcats on 13 more tries. 

Willamette's Jordan Jenkins was the team's leading scorer with 19 points and nine rebounds followed by Nico Troplent (17), who led the team with 11 rebounds.

Vickers was the Pioneers' leading scorer of the night with 15 points, two rebounds, two assists and one block. Nico Bricker had 11 points with a team-high seven rebounds and Hutson had seven points.

Lewis & Clark plays its first home Northwest Conference game at Pamplin Sports Center on Monday at 8 p.m. against the Pacific Boxers.