Lewis & Clark holds on to road victory

Lewis & Clark holds on to road victory

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers held off two last-second shots by the Pacific Boxers to preserve a 59-57 road win at the Stoller Center on Friday night.

The win moves Lewis & Clark to 6-8 overall and 3-2 in the Northwest Conference entering Saturday's game at home against Willamette. The Pioneers have won five of their last six games and are tied for third place in the NWC standings.

Lewis & Clark took the lead for good with 4:43 remaining in the game when Cory Coombe hit a go-ahead 3-pointer.

"To start we came out strong, but we lacked some aggression that we've been doing lately that's been getting us over the top," said Coombe, who also attacked the basket and finished with seven points. "For me, I was told I need to be more aggressive, so I tried to relay that to the rest of the guys because when we're aggressive, we have talented guys, we're going to get better results."

After Andrew Vickers made a jumper with 22 seconds left in the second half, Pacific's Michael Joseph and Nate Olowo missed back-to-back shots to end the game. Olowo had 20 points to lead the Boxers.

Cannen Roberson led the Pioneers with 16 points. Nico Bricker shot 4 for 4 from the field to lead the Pios with 10 points in the opening half, finishing with 14 in the game. Jonathan Boddie added 10 points and 13 rebounds off the bench.

"We knew at the start of the year that we had a special team," said Coombe. "We just needed to get chemistry going and now we're starting to get it. Once we're gelling, we're going to be a tough team to beat."

The Pios started the game 0 for 8 from 3-point range, but still built a seven-point first-half lead after falling behind 6-0 in the first two minutes of the game.

After a long stretch of road games to begin NWC play, Lewis & Clark returns to the Pamplin Sports Center on Saturday against Willamette.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Friday

Whitman 87, Pacific Lutheran 71
Whitworth 77, Puget Sound 65
George Fox 88, Willamette 83