Pioneers led early, fall late to Whitworth

Pioneers led early, fall late to Whitworth

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Behind nine first-half points from Markel Leonard, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers went ahead before dropping a home game to the No. 6 Whitworth Pirates, 66-61, on Friday night at Pamplin Sports Center.

Entering the night in a three-way tie for second place in the Northwest Conference with Whitworth and George Fox, the Pios fell temporarily a half game behind the others after Friday's game. Lewis & Clark plays first-place and undefeated Whitman on Saturday.

Whitworth took a 33-30 lead at halftime and went on to win behind 25 combined points from seniors Kenny Love and Christian Jurlina.

Leonard finished with a game-high 18 points and freshman Andrew Vickers added 16 more, but the Pioneers were outshot 53-35 percent from the field.

Alex Jones sank a 3-pointer with 14:52 to go in the second to bring Lewis & Clark ahead by one before Kyle Roach scored on Whitworth's next possession to move the Pirates back up. Leonard hit three second-half 3-pointers, and Lewis & Clark made six total in the half, but Whitworth shot 59 percent overall in the final 20 minutes to close out the game.

Cannen Roberson followed his 19-point, 11-rebound performance by going 0 for 9 from the field and was held scoreless, the first time that's happened to Roberson since he was a freshman in the 2013-14 season.

Jonathan Boddie had his fourth game with three or more blocks this season, totaling three on Friday including a monster stuff in the first half. He added nine points and 12 rebounds, his sixth game with double-digit rebounds. Nico Bricker, who made his fourth-consecutive start, had four points.

Off the bench, Cory Coombe hit two 3-pointers, Jones finished with five on 2 of 3 shooting and Ryan Stewart dropped one of his three 3-point tries.

The Pioneers host a Whitman team on Saturday at 6 p.m. that will be well-rested after its game at George Fox was moved from Friday to Sunday because of travel concerns from Walla Walla, Wash.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Friday

Linfield 77, Willamette 61
Pacific 81, Puget Sound 78