SALEM, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers held a seven-point lead through 10 minutes of the first half before the Corban Warriors went on a run, took the lead and won 79-67 on Wednesday night at Jeffers Sports Center.
Four Pios were in double figures led by Zeke Crawford's 13 points and 11 rebounds. Matt Brown added eight of his 12 from the free-throw line, while freshmen Brenden Patrick and Christian Pitcher had 10 apiece.
The game was Lewis & Clark's season debut, but Corban entered with five games played. The Warriors outscored Lewis & Clark 20-6 in points off turnovers.
Lewis & Clark went on a 7-0 run to take an 18-11 lead through the opening half of the first. Crawford had a pair of buckets and Kody Kennedy added a three to spark the run. Corban turned the ball over on the very next play and took a timeout.
The Warriors corrected their momentum out of the timeout and outscored Lewis & Clark 16-0 over the next 4:40. Corban (5-1) hit 10 3-pointers in the game including three over and past that stretch to lead 30-20 with just over five minutes left in the first half. Elijah Welch scored 14 points off the bench including the last of those three 3-pointers and ended with the game high in points. The Pioneers had five turnovers in a four-minute stretch during Corban's run.
"For an opener, we played well," Kennedy said. "Offensively, we know what we need to do. We are trying to go a little fast, and we need to slow down and stick with our offense."
Pitcher led the Pioneers in minutes (35) in his collegiate debut and added four rebounds to his 4 of 12 shooting. Patrick made all five of his free throws and shot 2 for 4 from the floor over 13 bench minutes. Corban held a 40-25 advantage in bench points, though, with Mauricio Smith making his first four shots to finish with 10.
"We have a really good freshman group. They're super talented." Kennedy said. "Integrating them into our system has been difficult. We'll collaborate; we communicate well, it just takes some time."
Lewis & Clark (0-1) did have long droughts without field goals including a nine-minute stretch from after the Pioneers claimed their seven-point edge until 2:34 remaining in the first half. Still, the Pioneers were within eight points with seven minutes left following Daelon Floyd's layup on his way to seven points and four rebounds.
- Brown finished with a game-high three assists, but shot 2 of 11 from the floor
- Both teams were over 80 percent from the line in the first half, but Corban shot 42 percent from the floor compared to Lewis & Clark's 33 percent
- Corban's Tyler Wadleigh scored 10 points in the first half on his way to 13 points with three 3-pointers
- Nick Lombardi came in for 25 minutes and had five points
- Behind 18 rebounds from Isiah Quintero, Corban outrebounded Lewis & Clark 43-36
- Corban's win is its fifth-in-a-row
Lewis & Clark hosts Colorado College on Saturday at 6 p.m.