PORTLAND, Ore. – The Wesley College Men's Basketball team traveled nearly 3,000 miles to the West Coast to take on Lewis and Clark College on Tuesday in a non-conference battle. The squad ran into a hot-shooting Pioneers team, falling 84-61 to their hosts.
Paul Clemons led the Wolverines in points and rebounds, earning a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds. JW Lawson added 15 points while Brian Cameron dropped 11. As a team the Wolverines shot just 36.1% from the field including a 2-for-8 effort from behind the arc.
At times during the game, it appeared that the Lewis and Clark offense couldn't miss. The Pioneers finished the game shooting 47.1% and drilled 13 three-point baskets on the night. 17 of the Pioneers' 32 field goals came off of assists as well.
It took the Wolverines 5:48 to get on the board, scoring their first bucket of the game on a driving layup by Lawson. Up to that point, Lewis and Clark had built up a 12-0 lead on some hot shooting and a smothering defense. The basket spurred a 7-3 run to cut the lead to eight points with 11:35 remaining in the first half.
Wesley trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half, falling behind 41-23 as the Pioneers nailed eight three-pointers in the frame. Paul Clemons battled inside, using his presence on the block to get to the foul line and finish on the glass. He went 4-for-4 from the free throw line and finished the half with a tip-in for Wesley's final six points before the break. The Wolverines entered the locker room trailing 44-29.
In the second half, the Pioneers continued their hot shooting. The home team began the period shooting 6-for-9 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from behind the arc in the first six minutes of the second half.
Wesley fought until the final whistle but the team was unable to overcome Lewis and Clark's hot shooting stroke and its own offensive struggles. The Wolverines took the loss on Tuesday night, falling 84-61 to the Pioneers.
The Navy and White move to 4-6 on the season but will have a chance to redeem themselves on Wednesday night as they play a night owl's game against George Fox University at 10:00 p.m. EST.