Men's Hoop defeats Lewis & Clark in Nail Biting Home Opener

Salem — In what the Pioneers wanted to be a Willamette home opener spoiler, the Bearcats brought the pain and earned a victory in Salem on Saturday night in Cone Field House to a crowd of 1300 despite classes not being in session.

The Pioneers 9-4 overall, 2-2 NWC just coming off of a win against George Fox felt confident coming into Bearcat country. The Bearcats are 7-5 overall and 2-1 NWC. The confidence was shaken by an aggressive Willamette ball team who immediately dominated by leading by 7 points within less than 4 minutes of play, led by David Force, Miles Sandgathe and John Olinger.

The Bearcats charged forward and increased their lead to 14 midway through the first half. Sparked by a 3 pointer by Danny Winchester, the Pioneers worked their way into the game and closed the gap to 8 at the end of the half.

The second half brought the game more level as the Pioneers pulled to within 2 points midway through the 2nd half. Miles Sandgathe made two straight layups after a rebound and then stole the ball with 3 minutes to go to bring the Bearcats to 57-52.

With 15 seconds to go the Bearcats were up by 3 points with a score of 63-60. After a series of fouls and free throws the Bearcats clinched the victory 67-63.

The Bearcats meet up with George Fox in Newburg on January 20th. Lewis & Clark will meet up with Pacific Lutheran on January 23 at home.

WU 67, L&CM 63

L&CM (9-4)
Winchester, Danny 7-19 0-0 19; Mietus, John 7-24 0-0 16; Magnuson, Tommy 4-7
0-0 8; Bruno, Ryan 2-2 2-2 7; Merino, Adam 2-2 0-2 4; Kirkham, Mike 2-2 0-0
4; Winnie, Trevor 1-2 0-0 3; Wells, Ryan 1-6 0-0 2. Totals 26-64 2-4 63.
WU (7-5)
John Olinger 6-15 0-0 16; Miles Sandgathe 6-16 0-0 15; Brennan Garrelts 4-5
3-3 11; Harold Sublett Jr. 4-8 1-2 9; David Force 3-5 2-3 8; Ryan Ralfs 2-3
0-0 4; Josh Erickson 1-4 2-2 4. Totals 26-56 8-10 67.

L&CM.......................... 23 40 - 63
WU............................ 33 34 - 67

3-point goals-L&CM 9-31 (Winchester, Danny 5-15; Mietus, John 2-9; Winnie,
Trevor 1-2; Bruno, Ryan 1-1; Wells, Ryan 0-4), WU 7-22 (jOHN oLINGER 4-10;
Miles Sandgathe 3-8; Harold Sublett Jr. 0-1; David Force 0-1; Josh Erickson
0-2). Fouled out--L&CM-None, WU-None. Rebounds-L&CM 30 (Mietus, John 10), WU
41 (Miles Sandgathe 11). Assists-L&CM 8 (Merino, Adam 4), WU 17 (John Olinger 5). Total fouls-L&CM 15, WU 12. A-1250