Panicacci scored 16 points and made 4 of 8 3-point tries to lead the way for Lewis & Clark. Cibull added 13 and Kennedy finished with 12. Kyle Owens also hit double digits with 14 points on 3 of 8 shooting from three.
Both teams led in the first half and sustained their leads. Lewis & Clark (4-6, 0-6 NWC) recovered from an early eight-point deficit with a 13-0 run over a five-minute span to take an 18-13 lead midway through the first half.
Lewis & Clark battled back from several double-digit deficits in the second half, but Puget Sound (7-8, 3-3 NWC) was able to make small runs to get back in front. After a slow start, Jimmy Wohrer, the Loggers leading scorer, got going with 15 of his 20 points in the final period. He went 4 of 5 from the field and 7 of 8 from the free-throw line in the second.
The Pios didn't overcome the leads despite the best effort from the likes of Panicacci, who had 11 of his 16 points in the second half. Lewis & Clark shot 50 percent from the floor and hit 6 of 14 from 3-point range.
Kennedy was locked in early on, making his first four shots and 5 of 6 overall. Owens also chased a season-high six rebounds, the most for the Pios, to go with two steals and two assists.
- Lewis & Clark only had one more offensive rebound than Puget Sound, 7-6, but the Pioneers outscored the Loggers, 17-3, in second-chance points
- Playing about 25 miles from his hometown, senior Trevor Jeg played a season-high nine minutes and scored four points with two rebounds
- The Pioneers limited turnovers for the second straight game with a total of 11 on Saturday night, their fewest since Dec. 19 (8)
- Lewis & Clark also outscored Puget Sound, 38-18, from the bench, led by Panicacci and Cibull's combined 30
- Panicacci has had no fewer than four rebounds in three of his last four games
- Puget Sound went 17 of 21 from the free-throw line (81 percent)
- Zeke Crawford played a season-low 13 minutes and had four rebounds, and Mak Huston had his lowest point total (2) since Nov. 15
- Matt Brown led the Pios with three assists
Lewis & Clark will try to snap a four-game losing streak on Friday hosting Willamette.