Pioneers downed by Div. I Portland

Pioneers downed by Div. I Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Alex Jones made a 3-pointer and Jonathan Boddie scored on Lewis & Clark's next possession to open Friday night's game at the University of Portland, but the NCAA Division I Pilots moved ahead and never looked back in a 98-52 defeat for the visiting Pioneers at Chiles Center.

The Pios are now 0-2 to start the season and will open their home schedule on Saturday against Claremont M-S at 7 p.m. Portland is 3-0 under first-year head coach Terry Porter. Lewis & Clark's non-conference schedule has already featured an exhibition with NCAA Div. II Seattle Pacific, a 1-point loss to Warner Pacific, the NAIA Div. II's No. 17-ranked team, and now Portland.

"We played hard against a tough Div. I team tonight," said Jones, who led the Pioneers with nine points. "Really happy with the energy our guys brought tonight. We did a lot of good things."

Jones scored his nine points on 3 of 8 shooting, with all of his makes from beyond the 3-point line. The senior came out shooting again to start the second half, making a pair of threes in less than 30 seconds to help Lewis & Clark reduce Portland's 25-point halftime lead to under 20.

Andrew Vickers added eight points and three rebounds to go with five points from Markel Leonard.

The Pilots had six players in double figures, led by 14 from Ray Barreno off the bench. Portland outrebounded Lewis & Clark, 55-27, and had a 60-10 margin in points in the paint.

"This game was important for us because it exposes areas in which we need to improve on moving forward. It's important for us to come ready to play tomorrow night for our home opener," said Jones.

Starting with Saturday's game against Claremont M-S, Lewis & Clark has seven of its next nine games at home.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Friday

St. Thomas 80, Pacific Lutheran 72
Whitman 108, St. Olaf 78
Willamette 85, Texas-Tyler 81
Claremont M-S 73, George Fox 60