PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers won their last game before the new year with a 70-64 victory over the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen. The Pios played a close game, trading the lead back and forth with the Kingsmen but managing to outscore them in both halves.
The Pioneers were the first to put points on the board with a layup from Zeke Crawford, but spent most of the first half battling back and forth with the Kingsmen for the lead. There were 15 lead changes through the game, 11 of them in the first half alone. Daelon Floyd led the team offensively with 14 points, scoring the shot that helped the Pios end the half with a one point lead.
The second half played out similarly, with the Pios and Kingsmen battling back and forth throughout the half to gain the advantage. The game was within two points with 46 seconds left in the half, but key free throws made by Mak Hutson and Kyle Owens helped the Pioneers to secure the win by the time the clock ran out.
The Pioneers both out-shot and out-rebounded the Kingsmen, hitting 28 of their 63 field goal attempts, and getting 40 rebounds to the Kingsmen's 28. The Pioneers were also able to score 44 points in the paint and went 12 for 16 in free throws.
Mak Hutson and Daelon Floyd led the Pioneers in scoring. Hutson scored 24 points and had three assists. Floyd was close behind him with 23 points and nine rebounds. Zeke Crawford also led the team offensively scoring 10 points, with 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
- Kyle Owens scored seven points and was perfect from the free throw line, making all four shots
- Jalen Lowery put four points on the board and had five rebounds
- Kody Kennedy had six rebounds with one steal and one assist
- Daelon Floyd was perfect from the free throw line, hitting three for three
The Pioneers start the new year on their home court with a conference game against Whitworth on Fri. Jan., 4 at 8:00pm.