PORTLAND, Ore. -- Sophomore guard Andrew Vickers dropped a career-high 29 points on Saturday nights loss to Whitworth, 76-70. This loss drops the Pioneers record to 7-14 overall and 3-9 in conference.
The Pioneers came out firing in the first half putting up 30 field-goal attempts 14 of which were 3-pointers. The Pios made 11 of their attempts shooting 36.7% but Kyle Owens who went scoreless last night for the first time this season hit two consecutive 3-pointers to get the Pios rolling in the ninth minute. For Whitworth it was the Kyle Roach show as he put up 24 points in the first half and going 6-7 in free-throws.
In the second half it looked like the Pirates were going to run away with the game extending their lead to 15 points. But midway through the half, Vickers started his run with a steal and two-handed dunk in the 11 minute. Vickers went on a 13-4 run by himself which included hitting a deep 3-pointer and two step-back shots at the end of the shot clock. Owens then followed up that run with a deep 3-pointer of his own in the fifth minute. With under five minutes left in the game Vickers hit another 3-pointer to bring the Pios to within four but Whitworth's Ben College answered back with his own 3-pointer. Whitworth would then hold on to win after a couple missed field-goal attempts by the Pioneers.
The Pioneers shot 43.3% from the field tonight and 30.4% from behind the arc. The Pios also only had nine turnovers compared to their 22 last night against Whitman.
Whitworth's Roach would go on to finish the game with 39 points, three assists, and seven rebounds and Vickers along with his 29 points had five steals, four assists, and three rebounds. Vickers has scored a total of 57 points on Whitworth due to scoring 28 points in their last meeting on Jan. 5.
The Pioneers will be playing their second to last home game this upcoming Friday at 8 p.m. before travelling to Linfield. Lewis & Clark will then return to Pamplin Sports Center on Saturday Feb. 17 for their Senior Night game against Puget Sound.