Lewis & Clark wraps up season in defeat at Willamette

Lewis & Clark wraps up season in defeat at Willamette

SALEM, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers ended the season with a 92-84 loss to the Willamette Bearcats on Saturday night at Sparks Center.

Zeke Crawford had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Pios. In his final game, Mak Hutson scored 20 points and had four assists.

The game was tight throughout the first half with nine ties and six lead changes, but much like the Pioneers did in their win at Pacific on Friday night, Willamette ran away in the second half.

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Key Moments

At halftime, the Bearcats led 41-38 and proceeded to open the second half by making their first four shots on the way to a 59 percent shooting half. Ben Sutton had 14 second-half points before fouling out with just over three minutes left.

Hutson and Crawford combined for 27 of their 43 points in the second 20 minutes. Lewis & Clark (8-17, 4-12 NWC) was 46 percent from the field in the second period and finished the game at 43 percent. Nick Lombardi had 10 points off the bench, from which the Pios were outscored 43-20.

Willamette (9-16, 6-10 NWC) avoided a season sweep by the Pios, eventually running their second-half lead to 13.

Deeper Look

  • The game was the final for seniors Ryan Stewart, Trevor Jeg, Adrian Romero, Kyle Owens and Hutson
  • Owens finishes his career as one of the best 3-point shooters in school history at 39.7 percent and with 780 career points
  • In two seasons with the Pios, Hutson scored 531 points and had 151 assists with 71 steals
  • Romero scored six points off the bench on Saturday and added three rebounds after scoring a career high last Sunday against Pacific Lutheran
  • Kody Kennedy finished with eight points, seven rebounds and a team-high four assists matching Hutson
  • On a tough shooting night -- 2 of 11 -- Daelon Floyd tied Crawford with a team-best seven rebounds
  • Ryan Cibull ended the year making nine starts in his last 10 games including Saturday
  • Jalen Lowery finished the year at about 16 minutes per game and a 39 percent field-goal percentage

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers will return three of their top-five scorers, four of their top-five rebounders and their top-two in field-goal percentage for head coach Tim McCrory's second season in 2019-20. Andrew Panicacci will return as well. He finished second on the team in 3-point percentage behind Owens.