Crawford leads with 18 points, Pioneers lose to Claremont M-S in first game of David Wells Classic

Crawford leads with 18 points, Pioneers lose to Claremont M-S in first game of David Wells Classic

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers lost 82-49 against the Claremont Mudd-Scripps Stags Friday evening in the first game of their weekend doubleheader at Pomona-Pitzer. The Pioneers fell behind early in the first half after struggling to make shots and could not make up the deficit through the rest of the game. 

Zeke Crawford led the scoring efforts, logging a season-high 18 points. Crawford made seven of eight field goals and shot 50 percent from the free throw line, where he put the Pioneers on the scoreboard after being fouled in the first minute of the game. Crawford also had the Pioneers' three blocks.

Kody Kennedy and Grant Stewart combined for nine of the team's 31 rebounds, while Daelon Floyd and Stewart combined for five of the Pios' 10 steals. Nick Lombardi led the team in assists with two. 

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Key Moments

The Pioneers were able to stay close to the Stags through the first five minutes of the game, holding Claremont to a five point lead. The Stags pulled away during a three-minute run between 15:44 and 12:44 where they scored nine points and the Pioneers missed nine shots consecutively. Stewart ended the run with two free throws and was followed by a 3-pointer from Ryan Cibull that put the Pios within seven. The Stags steadily walked away from the Pios through the rest of the half as Lewis & Clark continued to struggle to hit shots consistently.

The Pioneers started the second half in a 23 point deficit and continued to struggle with getting the ball in the basket, shooting 32.0 percent in field goals compared to the Stags 60.7 percent. Crawford scored an additional 10 points to his eight in the first half and made the Pioneers' three blocks of the game. Brenden Patrick and Lombardi combined for eight points, while Floyd had three steals.

"Playing good teams is going to help us long term." Said head coach Tim McCrory, "We're still young and learning to play better team basketball."

Deeper Look

  • Joseph Martin played in his first game of the season and scored two points off of two free throws
  • Brian Smith started in his third consecutive game
  • Stewart saw the most playing time in the season so far in his career, logging six points
  • Crawford leads the team in points per game, rebounds per game and field goal percentage
  • Christian Pitcher leads the team in 3-point percentage with 35.5
  • Patrick is shooting 80.0 percent from the free throw line, making 8-10 shots

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers play again tomorrow against the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. Tipoff is at 4 p.m.