Despite solid shooting performance Pioneers drop first conference game to George Fox

Despite solid shooting performance Pioneers drop first conference game to George Fox

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Despite shooting over 50 percent from the floor and over 40 percent from beyond the arc the Pioneers fell to the visiting George Fox Bruins. The Pioneers (0-5, 0-1 NWC) allowed the Bruins (4-2, 1-0 NWC) 32 points off of their season-high 23 turnovers.

The Pioneers led for much of the first half before allowing the Bruins to pull ahead late in the first. Coming out of half-time the Pioneers could not find much momentum losing to the Bruins 94-78. Zeke Crawford led the Pioneers with 23 points and also posted his first double-double of the season pulling down 12 rebounds. Sophomore Matt Brown came off the bench to score 15 points, the first of his career. 

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Key Moments 

The Pioneers started off strong building an early lead on the Bruins. Back-to-back layups by Jalen Lowry followed by another from Daelon Floyd gave the Pioneers an eight-point lead with 14 minutes left in the first half. The Pioneers maintained a solid lead for most of the first half until consecutive layups by George Fox's Jackson Januik and JD Ahlstrom along with a free-throw by Dylan Hamlett tied the game at 31 with less than six minutes to go in the first. The Pioneers and Bruins traded baskets for the rest of the half until a three by Ryan Lacey put the Bruins up by five going into half-time. 

The Bruins started off the second half with a 10-0 run, giving them a 15 point lead with under 18 minutes to play. The Pioneers responded with a 6-0 run of their own with consecutive layups for Floyd and Matt Brown and a three-pointer by Kyle Owens. The Pioneers struggled the rest of the half to gain momentum, falling behind by 20 with 13 minutes to play. The Bruins would maintain that 20 point margin for the remainder of the second half with the Pioneers losing 94-78 to drop to 0-1 in the NWC.

Deeper Look

  • Crawford led the Pioneers with 23 points and 12 rebounds
  • Brown scored the first points of his career
  • Crawford and Brown each had three assists
  • The Pioneers shot a season-best 50.8 percent from the floor and a season-best 42.9 percent from the three-point line

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers continue conference play, hosting Linfield tomorrow night at 6 p.m.