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TACOMA, Wash. -Leighton Kingma and Kelton Williams combined for 47 points on Saturday night but it wasn't enough for the Pacific Lutheran University men's basketball team to come away with the victory as Northwest Conference rival Lewis & Clark College canned 10 three-pointers to secure the 76-73 victory inside Olson Gymnasium.
The back and forth affair saw four lead changes and three ties. The visiting Pioneers (5-10, 1-5 NWC) utilized back-to-back three-pointers from Daelon Floyd and Andrew Vickers midway through the second half to build a four-point cushion. The Lutes (4-10, 1-5 NWC) tied the game with 8:21 remaining on a Kingma layup but a three the old fashioned way on the next possession tipped the lead back to Lewis & Clark and the Pioneers never looked back, holding on for the two-point win.
"I loved the way the guys competed tonight," said Head Coach Chad Murray. "It shows we have a group that cares about each other. Kelton was great. Played 37 minutes without a turnover. That's incredible. Leighton was determined to get to the basket and not just rely on his shooting. By doing that, the defense couldn't key on one thing and he was able to get loose and make some three's as well."
PLU came out of the gate firing, scoring 10 of the opening 13 points, with seven of those coming off the hot hands of Kingma. Sean McLaughlin hit a layup with 12:49 left in the half to give the homestanding Lutes its largest lead of the game at eight but the Pioneers negated the lead with a 10-0 run. Lewis & Clark played with the lead the rest of the half, taking a 76-73 edge into the halftime intermission.
Kingma hit 10 of his 20 shots on the night, including four from beyond the arc to lead all scorers with 27 points. Kingma additionally added eight rebounds while Williams finished with 20 points, four assists, and three steals. Markus Glenn chipped in eight points while Dylan Foreman had 10 rebounds along with six points.
Four Pios finished in double figures with Andrew Vickers leading the way with 22 points, draining four of Lewis & Clark's 10 treys on the night.
"We lost Vickers a few times and he made us pay an then one time we over helped and gave up a big one to Kyle Owens."
The Lutes return to the hardwood on Tuesday night, facing crosstown nemesis University of Puget Sound at 8 p.m.