The Clark College men’s basketball team watched as its double-digit lead in the second half shrank before hanging on for a 69-66 win over Pierce in Tacoma on Saturday.
“I guess the one thing I can say is ‘we survived,’ ” Clark coach Alex Kirk said. “We had a chance to put them away, but some untimely mistakes let the get back in it. And they made some big shots when they had to.”
Collin Spickerman had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Clark, which won its 10th straight game and took over first place in the NWAACC West Division.
“We’re winning, but we’re still learning how to win,” Kirk said. “We’re still learning how to put people away.”
Max Livingston added 16 points, Josh Hall had 11 and Sean Price added eight points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Clark, ranked No. 1 in the NWAACC coaches poll, returns home Monday to face Tacoma in another tough matchup.
Clark 87, at Pierce 53 — Brooke Bowen scored a game-high 23 points as the Penguins won their ninth consecutive game.
Bowen also had nine steals and seven rebounds.
Shantell Jackson scored 14 points to go with seven rebounds, and Haley Grossman had 12 points.