First-half lead evaporates for Pios

First-half lead evaporates for Pios

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The visiting Puget Sound Loggers shot nearly 70 percent in second half, as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers were unable to hold on to a first-half lead in Friday's 97-85 loss at Pamplin Sports Center.

Lewis & Clark built an 11-point lead in the first 20 minutes. Zeke Crawford and Ryan Cibull each had eight points in the first half. Gabriel Chaikin had 23 second-half points to spark the Loggers comeback, which included a 6 of 8 performance from beyond the arc. Overall, Puget Sound shot the best percentage (58.3) in a game against the Pioneers this season.

The loss eliminates Lewis & Clark (7-15, 3-10 NWC) from Northwest Conference postseason contention.

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Key Moments

Neither team missed a shot in the first 2:30 of the game including a 4 for 4 start by the Pioneers. Mak Hutson and Cibull had 3-point field goals next to scores by Kody Kennedy and Crawford as Lewis & Clark lunged out to a 10-4 lead.

Before the halfway point of the opening half, the Pios built an 11-point lead, 25-14, following the second of two first-half threes from Andrew Panicacci. Both teams exchanged runs toward halftime with Lewis & Clark holding a six-point edge at the break.

Puget Sound (11-11, 7-6 NWC) outscored 15-4 in the first four minutes of the second half and eventually grew its lead to 17.

The Pioneers shot 17 percent from 3-point range in the second half - Cibull and Panicacci made one each - but still made 41 percent from the floor. Lewis & Clark also held an edge in second-chance points, 18-7, and had fewer turnovers than the Loggers. In the end, Puget Sound made more shots.

Deeper Look

  • Entering the weekend with the second-most double-doubles in the conference, Crawford posted his sixth on Friday night with 18 points and 10 rebounds on 9 of 13 shooting
  • He's shot 58 percent or better in six straight games
  • Cibull, who made his seventh consecutive start, finished with his second straight double-digit scoring performance with 13 points, which was one shy of his career high
  • The freshman finished 4 for 8 from the floor and 3 for 6 from deep
  • Matt Brown provided a spark instantly off the bench in both halves and scored 17 points on 54 percent shooting, his second 10-plus scoring performance in his last three games
  • With his third straight game of seven rebounds or better, Kennedy remains second on the team in rebounds per game (5.4) and is among the top 15 in the NWC
  • The Loggers had three in double figures: Chaikin 33, Stellan Roberts 23, Cal Hansen 20
  • Jimmy Wohrer made two 3-pointers, which gave him Puget Sound's all-time career record for threes made

Looking Ahead

The Pios host Pacific Lutheran on Saturday for Senior Night in their final home contest. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m.