Lewis & Clark gets first win of season in NWC opener

Lewis & Clark gets first win of season in NWC opener

PORTLAND, Ore. -- In the first Northwest Conference matchup of the season on Friday night, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers defeated the Pacific Lutheran Lutes, 84-62, behind a season-best 14 3-point field goals at Pamplin Sports Center. Senior Markel Leonard set a new career-best for 3-pointers made, shooting 6 of 8 to finish with a game-high 23 points.

The win is the first of the season for the Pioneers and came in the Northwest Conference opener for both teams.

Lewis & Clark jumped out to an 11-0 lead behind two of Leonard's threes and held off numerous Pacific Lutheran comeback attempts. The Lutes (4-3; 0-1 NWC) closed to within 45-44 with 17:08 in the second half, but the Pios never relinquished the lead. In total, four Lewis & Clark players made half of their 3-point attempts or better.

Junior Jonathan Boddie, returning from an injury, added a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

"We were moving the ball a lot better than we've been," said Boddie, who played for the first time in three games. "When we get the ball moving, the flow of the offense is a lot better and it comes to us instead of rushing it. And we're building on it every game."

Kyle Owens went 3 of 6 from 3-point range, getting all 11 of his points in the first half. Andrew Vickers shot equally as well from beyond the arc and finished with nine points. Cory Coombe made his first 2 of 3 attempts and had six points.

Senior Cannen Roberson added 13 points, 11 of which came in the second half, on 6 of 11 shooting overall.

Statistically, the game was even through the first half and Lewis & Clark led 40-35 at halftime. The Pioneers finished with a season-best 54 percent shooting percentage to Pacific Lutheran's 39 percent. The Pios also had eight more 3-pointers.

Brandon Lester led the Lutes with 15 first-half points and finished with 23 overall.

After going winless in November, including two losses of four points or less, Boddie says to get the first in the NWC opener is something Lewis & Clark (1-5; 1-0 NWC) can build upon. The Pios play at Linfield on Saturday.

"It's so good. From this point, we can keep progressing and getting better," said Boddie. "It'd be really big [to win at Linfield]. We have to play exactly the way that we played today. Keep the intensity up and be aggressive from the get-go."

The game against the Wildcats begins at 6 p.m. in McMinnville, Ore.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Friday

George Fox 87, Pacific 86
Whitman 80, Willamette 65
Puget Sound 80, Linfield 63