Pioneers lose season opener despite a good fight in the second half

Pioneers lose season opener despite a good fight in the second half

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis and Clark Pioneers opened their season on the road against the Warner Pacific Knights. The Pioneers lost 65-75, missing out on a lot of scoring opportunities in the first half to turnovers, but battling back in the second half to close the gap.

The Knights took an early lead and never relinquished control of it, pulling ahead by seven points at 16:18 and ending the first half up by 15. Despite the large gap, the Pioneers dug in and got more aggressive for the second period, creating more shooting opportunities and pulling the lead to within five points with 1:46 left on the clock.

Head Coach Tim McCrory was pleased with performance, saying he felt that the game was a positive learning experience for a new group of guys and that they learned from their mistakes from the first half to the second.

Key Moments

Daelon Floyd led the team in points with 14, followed closely by Kyle Owens with 13 and Mak Hutson with 11 off the bench.

The Pioneers ended the game with 19 turnovers to the Knights 22, scoring 15 points off of those turnovers. The Pioneers also went shot for shot with the Knights for points in the paint with each team clocking in at 34.

Deeper Look

  • Daelon Floyd led the team in scoring with 14 points and eight rebounds
  • Mak Hutson made all four free throw attempts,
  • Jalen Lowrey and Matt Brown made their debut appearances with the Pioneers
  • Nick Lombardi went four for seven for eight points in the game
  • Kody Kennedy went four for nine with 10 points overall and four assists

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers will play Corban at home on Thu., Nov. 15 at 7pm.