PORTLAND, Ore. -- In a furiously paced game, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers once rallied back from a double-digit deficit on Saturday night at Pamplin Sports Center, but weren't able to keep up the pace, losing 103-86 to the Pacific Boxers.
Matt Brown provided 16 points and a spark needed to rally Lewis & Clark back from an initial 24-8 deficit. Lewis & Clark (4-12, 1-7 NWC) went on an 18-2 run over a span of 5:30 to tie the game at 26-26 with just over eight minutes left in the opening half. Kyle Owens scored 10 of his 17 points in the second half to go with 11 from Kody Kennedy.
The Boxers (8-8, 2-6 NWC) were led offensively by Marcus Wallace who finished the game with 26 points and four steals. Gage Shelmidine added 17 points and a game-high six assists.
The Pioneers were the first to strike out of the gate off of a lay-up by Zeke Crawford but struggled offensively to get anything going scoring only six points in the first six minutes of the game. The tide shifted in the Pioneers favor around the 14-minute mark as Brown was fouled down low to put him at the line. Brown sank one of two free throws followed shortly after by a lay-up from Kennedy and a three-pointer from Brown. The Pioneers used this momentum to battle back from a 24-8 deficit to tie the game at 26-26 with eight minutes to go in the first half.
Pacific came out hot to start the second half going on a 12-2 run to pull out to a 15 point lead. The Pioneers responded with a 7-0 run of their own but the Boxers remained steady never allowing the Pioneers within eight points the remainder of the half.
- The Pioneers ended the game with 28 turnovers, their second-largest single-game total this season
- Daelon Floyd had a game-high two blocks
- The Pioneers shot a better percentage from the floor than the Boxers, shooting 53.1 percent to their opponent's 49.4 percent
- Owens and Brown combined for four of the team's six steals
- The Boxers and the Pioneers were a very even match inside, both scoring 44 points in the paint
The Pioneers head on the road to continue conference play at Linfield on Friday at 8 p.m. followed by George Fox on Saturday at 6 p.m.