Crawford becomes all-time leader in blocks as Pios drop opener of UC-Santa Cruz Holiday Classic

Crawford becomes all-time leader in blocks as Pios drop opener of UC-Santa Cruz Holiday Classic

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Zeke Crawford's lone block on Friday moved him to 95 for his career, a total that sets an all-time record for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers. Crawford blocked Daniel Foldes reverse lay-in attempt midway through the second half of the Pios' 84-56 loss to the one-loss Chapman Panthers to open the UC-Santa Cruz Holiday Classic at Kaiser Permanente Arena.

Matt Brown led the Pioneers with 14 points. Daelon Floyd added a season-high 10 to go with seven rebounds off the bench. Lewis & Clark shot its second-worst mark from the field this year at 33 percent.

Lewis & Clark (4-5) had its second straight game with 12 or fewer turnovers, but Chapman shot 54 percent from the field and led the whole game. Alex Rogat had 19 points to lead the Panthers.

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Key Moments

Crawford was held without a block throughout the entire first half before he blocked Flodes with 9:22 remaining in the second half. His one block matched his season low, although the senior hasn't gone a single game without a blocked shot this year. Lewis & Clark's four blocked shots as a team is its third-lowest total in nine games this year, much of the reason why the Pios entered the weekend 10th in the country and the Northwest Conference leader in blocked shots.

Crawford, who finished with six points and seven rebounds, passed Gene Rivera's 94 career blocked shots total from last decade. They're the only Pios with at least 90 blocks.

Lewis & Clark trailed by double digits early on Friday. Chapman (7-1) went ahead 16-6 five minutes into the game and never relinquished a 10-point margin, ultimately leading by as many as 28. The Panthers shooting numbers were bolstered by a 5 of 7 performance (71 percent) from the 3-point line. The Pioneers, who entered the game 3rd in the NWC in rebounding margin (+2.9) were outrebounded 48-28 by Chapman. 

Deeper Look

  • Christian Pitcher and Brenden Patrick had nine points apiece, with Patrick's coming off the bench
  • The Pios forced 15 turnovers and outscored Chapman 16-15 in points off turnovers
  • With the decisive rebounding advantage, the Panthers were better in second-chance points, 16-4
  • Brian Smith was held to 1 of 8 shooting (2 points), but did match his Pios' career high with five steals
  • Lewis & Clark's 33 percent shooting performance is its worst since making 31 percent in an 82-49 loss to Claremont Mudd-Scripps on Nov. 29
  • Brown's 14 points give him 10 double-digit scoring performances for his career including six this season
  • Lewis & Clark's 22 bench points marks its seventh time in nine games this season with at least 20 points from the non-starters
  • Friday was Lewis & Clark's fourth time this season trailing by double figures at halftime

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers play Whittier on Saturday at 3 p.m. to close out play at the UC-Santa Cruz Holiday Classic.