PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers dropped to 0-3 in Northwest Conference play after an 89-77 loss to the visiting Whitworth Pirates. The Pioneers (4-8, 0-3 NWC) outscored the Pirates 44-40 in the paint and earned 28 points off the bench to Whitworth's 18. The Pioneers also shot an impressive 50.8 percent from the field which is their second best performance this season.
Daelon Floyd led the Pioneers with 20 points going 8-13 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line. Zeke Crawford added 15 points with a 7-11 performance from the field. Whitworth's Ben College led the Pirates (11-1, 3-0 NWC) with 30 points going 9-14 from the floor and 9-11 from the free throw line.
The Pioneers dug themselves an early hole allowing the Pirates to pull out to a 10 point lead with 12 minutes to play in the first half. The Pioneers fought back with consecutive baskets by Floyd followed by consecutive layups from Nick Lombardi and Adrian Romero to pull Lewis & Clark to within three with less than 10 minutes to play in the first half. The Pioneers went cold to finish the half earning only three points in the final six minutes to allow the Pirates to take a 47-32 lead into half-time.
The Pioneers struck first in the second half with a made jump shot by Crawford followed by a quick six points from Floyd to pull the home team to within nine. The Pirates, however, remained steady never allowing the Pioneers to get to within less than nine points the remainder of the game. Whitworth's College took control of the game scoring 23 of his 30 points in the second half.
- The Pioneers shot a game-high 50.8 percent from the floor which is their second best this season behind only their 51.7 percent performance against Southwestern on Dec. 8
- The Pioneers had eight assists which is their lowest total since Nov. 24
- This marks the third game in a row the Pioneers had more than seven steals
- Floyd has scored 20+ points in the past two games
- Romero, Floyd and Kody Kennedy each pulled down five rebounds
The Pioneers continue conference play tomorrow hosting Whitman at 6 p.m.