Lewis & Clark drops opener to eastern Washington road trip

Lewis & Clark drops opener to eastern Washington road trip

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Daelon Floyd led the Lewis & Clark Pioneers with 18 points in Friday night's 122-77 loss to the Whitman Blues at Sherwood Athletic Center.

Floyd scored 18 points on the week of his birthday. Five Pios were in double figures including Brenden Patrick with 13 in his first career start.

Brian Smith had his first double-double with the Pioneers. Lewis & Clark started the game 9 for 16 from the field and held the lead in the first half.

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Key Moments

Trailing 25-19, the Pioneers were 56 percent from the field midway through the first half. The shooting tides turned over the next four minutes as Lewis & Clark went 2 for 9 from the field, while the Blues hit 4 of 6, which sparked an 18-6 run. In all, the Pios were 4 of 17 from the field during that stretch.

Lewis & Clark (5-7, 1-2 NWC) bounced back to start 5 for 6 at the beginning of the second half and outscored the Blues 11-9. While Whitman made 61 percent from the floor in the second half, the Pioneers finished the period 50 percent from the field. Floyd led the way with 10 second-half points on 4 of 5 shooting. Jack Henderson added eight of his 10 in the second half as well.

Ryan Cibull played 13 minutes in the second half, scored five points and had three assists. Zeke Crawford, who shot 5 of 8 for the game, scored six of his 12 in the final 20 minutes.

Deeper Look

  • Smith led the way in the first half with eight points; he finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds
  • Patrick and Floyd also had eight first-half points apiece
  • Lewis & Clark was outscored 27-6 off turnovers and forced seven turnovers by the Blues
  • The Pioneers won the offensive-rebounding battle (20-13) and narrowly trailed in second-chance points (12-10)
  • Crawford was plus-3 when in the lineup, but played only 15 minutes and fouled out for the fourth time in his career
  • Floyd had his second straight double-digit scoring game against the Blues after scoring 13 a year ago
  • Andrew Vickers and Nikola Trifunovic led Whitman (8-4, 3-0 NWC) with 21 points each

Looking Ahead

Lewis & Clark plays at Whitworth on Saturday at 8 p.m.