Pioneers win third game of last four, move up NWC standings

Pioneers win third game of last four, move up NWC standings

NEWBERG, Ore. -- Behind a team-wide effort that included a career-high 30 points from senior Mak Hutson, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers won their third game in the last four with a 94-84 victory over the George Fox Bruins on Saturday at Wheeler Sports Center.

Making the most of a season-best 54 percent shooting night, the win moves the Pios (7-12, 3-7 NWC) two games behind the Bruins for the fourth spot in the Northwest Conference standings.

Hutson was consistent throughout his 28 minutes off the bench as Lewis & Clark led the vast majority of the game. Zeke Crawford added 21 points including a layup that gave the Pioneers a game-high 12-point lead with just under 13 minutes remaining.

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Key Moments

After building a double-digit lead in the second half, George Fox (11-8, 5-5 NWC) used an 11-1 run in the middle of the second half to take its only lead of the game. Ryan Lacey, whose 18 points were second only to his teammate Mason Green-Richards' 21, led the charge for the Bruins over a span of 1:40 that put George Fox up 64-63. The Bruins eventually led by four points.

Much like in Friday's 90-81 win at Linfield, Lewis & Clark remainded steady, quicklyg moving back ahead. Sparked by Adrian Romero's corner 3-pointer, the Pioneers used a 10-0 run to build a six-point lead with 6 1/2 minutes left.

Lewis & Clark opened the game shooting 71 percent from the floor while George Fox missed 7 of 9 shots. Coming off a 79-78 overtime win at Puget Sound the night before, George Fox has now lost five of its last six games.

Deeper Look

  • Kody Kennedy set a tone early in the game and finished with six points, four rebounds, four assist and a steal
  • He also went 4 of 6 from the free-throw line and helped the Pios to a 9-for-10 start from the stripe
  • Lewis & Clark shot a season-high 36 free throws and made 24 (67 percent)
  • Limited to 16 minutes because of early fouls in each half, Daelon Floyd ended with nine points and six rebounds to follow his first double-double of the season on Friday
  • Floyd scored twice in a two-minute, second-half span to move the Pios back ahead by 11 points with under 14 minutes left in the game, and shot a season-best 4 of 5 from the floor
  • Jalen Lowery had his fourth consecutive game with seven-plus points and more than 20 minutes played
  • Kyle Owens shot just once, a 3-pointer to give the Pios a 77-70 lead with 5:30 remaining, and over the weekend, surpassed 200 made 3-pointers in his career
  • Lewis & Clark has committed 13 or fewer turnovers in five of its last six games (3-3 in that span)
  • Andrew Panicacci had this third straight game with a 3-point field goal (five points on Saturday)
  • Hutson attempted 18 field goals and made 10, both career highs

Looking Ahead

Lewis & Clark will face first-place Whitman and second-place Whitworth next Friday and Saturday night, respectively. Including the last two games, the Pioneers play six of their final eight games on the road.