Pioneers perfect at home vs SNU

Sara Allbritton
Staff Writer

The Pioneer Basketball team evened their conference record to 4-4 February 3rd, defeating the Crimson Storm of Southern Nazarene University, 93-75.

With an alley-oop from point guard Kendall Webb to high-flying forward Nate Bridges starting things off, the Pioneers scored the first 12 points of the game. The WBU men finished the first half, outscoring SNU 44-31, and continued to play strong to the end, never losing their lead.

Bridges posted two career highs with six blocks and eight steals to go along with his 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds. He also held the Storm’s leading scorer, Mouhamadou Diallo, to just eight points, 13 below his season average of 21.

“Coach gave me a huge defensive assignment,” Bridges said, “We were all just playing our game.”

With two recent losses on the road, the Pioneers have maintained a perfect record on their home court. Bridges attributes the success to one thing.

“It’s the fans,” Bridges said, “We have the best fans in the country. They are crazy and we just feed off of it.”

Four other Pioneers scored in double figures, including DeJuan Davis with 17, Clifton Clarida with 15, Webb added 14, and freshman Jonathan Woodard came off the bench to contribute 10. Webb also passed out eight assists and had two steals. Freshman Danny Storey pulled down seven rebounds, while Clarida added six for the Pioneers.

“I’d like to add one more thing,” Bridges said, “I love our fans!!”