MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Zeke Crawford scored 25 points to highlight a complete team effort in Friday's 90-81 win for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers over the Linfield Wildcats at Ted Wilson Gymnasium. The Pioneers won their second Northwest Conference game in their last three outings against Linfield, which had a 6-2 NWC record coming in.
The Pioneers trailed the majority of the first half before taking a 34-31 lead with 3:42 remaining when Ryan Cibull, who made his third straight start, hit a 3-pointer. It was the seventh lead change of the opening half, and Lewis & Clark (6-12, 2-7 NWC) never trailed again
Crawford had 12 rebounds, three blocks and two steals to go with his scoring. Mak Hutson added 16 points and five assists off the bench. Andrew Panicacci scored 11 points and Daelon Floyd had a double-double, his first of the year, with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Entering the game with the nation's seventh-best shooting percentage, Linfield (13-5, 6-3 NWC) nearly shot its worst (41.4) in any game this season. Following two 3-pointers in the first minute of the second half, the Wildcats went cold from beyond the arc in the middle of the second half. Lewis & Clark capitalized and ran its lead to double digits, ultimately taking a 15-point edge with 3:16 remaining in the game.
About a minute later, Linfield went on an 11-2 run and moved within eight points of the Pioneers. Lewis & Clark made key free throws down the stretch -- the Pios were 14 of 19 at the stripe -- to maintain their lead.
Lewis & Clark held a 19-11 advantage in points off turnovers and a 14-9 edge in bench points, but neither team was predominantly better statistically. Instead, the Pioneers established a lead and limited Linfield runs to seal the victory.
- The win is the first NWC road victory for Lewis & Clark first-year head coach Tim McCrory
- Panicacci continued a run of double-digit scoring, something he's done in four of his last five games
- Jalen Lowery, who made two key assists to Crawford in the game, has played 20-plus minutes in three straight games, a first for the freshman
- In his last five games with 10 or more field-goal attempts, Crawford has made more than 60 percent including 12 of 19 on Friday
- Crawford also recorded his fourth double-double of the season
- Floyd has scored in double figures in two of his last three games
- Hutson's 16 points off the bench is his second time this year and fifth time with the Pioneers scoring double figures as a reserve
- Linfield was receiving votes in the most recent D3hoops.com Top 25 poll
Lewis & Clark trails George Fox, its Saturday opponent, by three games in the Northwest Conference standings. The Bruins are 1 1/2 games ahead of Puget Sound for fourth place, the final spot for the NWC tournament. The Pioneers lost 94-78 against George Fox in the first meeting of the year last December.