Pios win home-opener against Colorado College

Pios win home-opener against Colorado College

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers came out on top at their home-opener Saturday night in Pamplin Sports Center against the Colorado College Tigers. The Pios won 73-66, outshooting the Tigers by 12 points in the second half. The Pios took 65 shots to the Tigers' 53, and scored 26 points off of turnovers.

Christian Pitcher led the offensive charge with 19 points, while the team averaged 43.1 percent in field goal attempts and 46.7 percent in three-point attempts. Zeke Crawford added 13 points with six rebounds and three blocks while Matt Brown and Brian Smith had 11 points apiece. Kody Kennedy was the fifth Pio to hit double digits in the night, with 10 points.

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Key Moments

Zeke Crawford put the Pioneers on the board with a three-pointer, while a bucket from Matt Brown gave the Pios a 5-0 lead to start the game. The Pioneers held onto their lead through the first four minutes before the Tigers adjusted to the zone defense and were able to tie the score, which remained tight throughout the first half. 

The Pios tied or were leading the Tigers until just 5:24 left in the first and the game went into halftime with the Tigers on top of the 34-29 score.

The Tigers started the second half with a turnover, and Crawford's steal to Christian Pitcher put the Pios within three in the first minute. The Pios stayed in a deficit for four minutes into the second half where they finally pulled even off free throws from Pitcher, prompting a Colorado timeout. A steal from Matt Brown as the game restarted shifted the momentum as the Pios took the lead for the first time in the half.

The teams again traded the lead back and forth through the half before the Pios pulled away late in the game off of nine consecutive points from Pitcher and turnovers by the Tigers.

The Pioneers significantly reduced their turnovers in their second game of the season, improving from 22 against Corban to 8 against Colorado College.  

Deeper Look

  • Andrew Panicacci made 2-2 from the 3-point line
  • Kody Kennedy was the high scorer of the first half, contributing seven points
  • The Pios converted 26 points off of turnovers
  • Pitcher made 7-10 free throws and 4-7 three-pointers
  • Nick Lombardi made one steal and two rebounds in his nine minutes of play

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers play again on Wednesday at home against Concordia. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.