PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers fell behind early and were unable to overcome a solid shooting performance by the Linfield Wildcats to lose 98-64. This loss brings the Pioneers to 0-2 in NWC play after a loss last night against George Fox. The Pioneers led only once in the game after a three-pointer by sophomore Nick Lombardi put Lewis & Clark up 3-0 to start the game.
Senior Kyle Owens had a perfect night from beyond the arc going four for four. Owens led the team with 17 points with Matt Brown adding nine. Zeke Crawford pulled down eight rebounds and a game-high four blocks.
The Pioneers lead to start the first half quickly disappeared as Linfield's Grant Gibb sank a three to tie the game. This was the start of a 10-0 run for the Wildcats as they controlled the tempo of the game. The Pioneers fought back with a layup by Kody Kennedy followed shortly behind by layup from Daelon Floyd and Crawford put the Pioneers back into the game. The Pioneers were not far behind for most of the first half until an 11-0 run by the Wildcats and a three-minute scoring drought by the Pioneers gave Linfield a 20 point lead with less than 5 minutes left in the half.
Carrying a 23-point lead into the second half the Wildcats maintained their momentum never allowing the Pioneers to within more than 19 points coming down the stretch. Owens, Lombardi and Ryan Cibull combined for 16 of the Pioneers' 32 points in the second half.
- The Pioneers took 60 shots which is their lowest total this season
- Cibull had a career-high five points
- Crawford recorded four blocks for the second time this season and now leads the NWC blocks
- Owens went three for three from the free throw line to remain perfect on free throw percentage this season
The Pioneers are back in Pamplin Sports Center next Saturday to take on non-conference opponent Southwestern (Tex.) at 7 p.m.