Pioneers lose in overtime to start 2017

Pioneers lose in overtime to start 2017

NEWBERG, Ore. -- Markel Leonard's 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers before the Pios lost 103-96 in overtime against the George Fox Bruins on Friday night at the Wheeler Sports Complex.

Lewis & Clark had trailed by 15 points in the first half before closing to within six, 46-40, at halftime. In the second half, the lead changed 14 times, as the Pios moved ahead by eight with 5:32 remaining.

Leonard finished with 22 points and was one of five Lewis & Clark players to score in double digits. Cannen Roberson had 17, Andrew Vickers and Nico Bricker scored 14 apiece and Kyle Owens hit four 3-pointers for 12.

Thomas Rico led the Bruins with 31 points, far-and-away his season high. He hit a 3-pointer and two free throws to move George Fox ahead 87-83 with 1:18 to play. Leonard made the third of his four, second-half 3-pointers with 1:04 remaining to bring the Pioneers within 87-86. After two JJ Lacey free throws for the Bruins (5-7; 3-0 NWC), Leonard got a kick-out pass from Vickers in the left corner and splashed through the game-tying score. Lacey missed a jumper as time expired and the game went into overtime.

Cory Coombe hit two jumpers to open Lewis & Clark's scoring in the first 1:30 of the five-minute overtime, but Lewis & Clark didn't score again until Vickers made a layup with 34 seconds left. By that point, Lewis & Clark trailed 100-95.

The loss drops snapped Lewis & Clark's three-game winning streak and moved the Pioneers to 1-2 in the Northwest Conference. The Pios have not won a road game this season in five tries.

Lewis & Clark (4-8; 1-2 NWC) travels to Puget Sound on Saturday at 6 p.m.