Lewis & Clark beats preseason top-25 Wooster

Lewis & Clark beats preseason top-25 Wooster

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jonathan Boddie's dunk and block with under 2:20 remaining helped the Lewis & Clark Pioneers to an 87-82 win over the Wooster Fighting Scots on Wednesday night at Pamplin Sports Center.

Boddie finished with a season-high 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting to go with seven rebounds and three blocks as the Pioneers won their third-straight game and handed Wooster its first back-to-back losses of the year. The Fighting Scots were a D3Hoops.com preseason top-25 team.

"It's such a good step forward. We have to keep moving forward," said Boddie, who is averaging career-bests 8.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game this season. "I was just trying to stay solid, getting my looks when I had them and setting a lot of screens. The guys were looking for me and it opened up easy buckets."

Free throws by Markel Leonard and Zeke Crawford, who combined for 28 points, kept the Pios ahead after Wooster closed to within 84-82 with 30 seconds left, five minutes after Lewis & Clark had built its third 11-point lead of the game.

The Pioneers shot season-bests in field goal percentage and 3-point percentage, hitting 56 and 57 percent, respectively.

"Defending and rebounding will get us over the top no matter who we play and that's exactly what we did," We kept those big guys off the boards. Our help defense has come a long way. We're coming along and it's great.

Wooster's Dan Fanelly finished with a game-high 23 points after battling in the post with Boddie throughout the game.

"He's come a long way from his first year to now," said Leonard. "His maturity has really improved. For us to be really good, he's our x-factor and he has to play at a high level every game."

The Pios fell behind 10-2 through the first 4:30 of the game before outscoring Wooster, 28-9, over the next nine minutes. Cannen Roberson, who finished with a team-high 21 points, had seven points during that stretch. Danyon Hempy and Fanelly combined to lead the Fighting Scots over the final minutes to tie the game, 40-40, at halftime. Hempy finished with 10 points as both teams put four players into double figures.

Wooster scored the first six points of the second half before the Pioneers regained the lead with 13:40 left and never trailed again.

Lewis & Clark is idle until Northwest Conference play resumes on Jan. 3 at George Fox.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Wednesday

Whitworth 99, Alma 72
Wesley 100, George Fox 91
Linfield 75, Portland Bible 70