The Lewis & Clark College came out of the game ready to run away with an easy win against Pacific Lutheran University.
PLU's bench thwarted that notion, bringing the Lutes back and keeping the game close throughout, but the visiting Pioneers pulled away late, handing the Lutes a 78-68 Northwest Conference men's basketball loss.
"We just didn't have any energy tonight, and we really rely on our energy, " said Lutes coach Steve Dickerson. "From last night to tonight, you'd think we were tired."
Daniel Landram brought some vigor for the Lutes, scoring a season-high 17 points as he helped the bench outscore PLU's starters 43-25.
PLU (4-7, 1-1 Northwest Conference) trailed 42-40 early in the second half, but Lewis & Clark caught fire from the 3-point line, making 10 of 19 (52.6 percent) for the game. Quentin Sims led the Pioneers with 17 points, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range.
With a shot-clock-beating 3 from Randall Jackson, and three-point play from Kurt Parker, Lewis & Clark (8-3, 1-1 NWC) led 71-61 with two minutes to go.
"It was a perfect storm - we were missing easy shots, they were making shots, " Dickerson said. "You have issues when your bench outscores your starters."
At Pacific Lutheran 67, Lewis & Clark 64: Samantha Potter scored inside with about a minute left in the game, then hit a pair of game-clinching free throws as the Lutes thwarted Lewis & Clark's second-half comeback.
PLU (4-5, 1-1) used an 8-0 run to push its lead to 31-46 with about 13 minutes left in the second half. Potter scored a game-high 20 points.
But Casey Zinn's 3-pointer completed the Lewis & Clark rally, tying the game at 61 with 1:13 left. But Potter came through late, and LC's Katie Anderson missed a 3 at the buzzer.
Ayisat Afolabi led the Pioneers (6-5, 1-1) with 19 points and seven rebounds.
At UPS 70, Linfield 59: The Loggers (8-3, 1-1) had better scoring balance than in their NWC opener, getting 11 points from Alexis Noren, and 10 points apiece from Allie Wyszynski and Katy Ainslie in their victory at Memorial Fieldhouse.
At Puget Sound 59, Linfield 50: Nick Holden's three-point play triggered a decisive 14-3 run early in the second half, and the Loggers are off to their first 2-0 start in league play since 2011-12 with a victory in Tacoma.
Holden's offensive putback and free throw broke a tie at 25 at the 15:51 mark. UPS led the rest of the way.
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Staff writer Todd Milles contributed to this report.