TACOMA, Wash. – The University of Puget Sound men's basketball team withstood a flurry of comeback attempts from Willamette to hold on for 74-66 victory on Firday. Four Loggers hit double digits and the defense came up big in the Logger victory.
Kaleb Shelton and Edric Egberaure scored 14 points for the Loggers with Egberaure scorin nine of his points in the first half. Aaron Edwards added 12 points and Julian Fernandez scored all 11 of his points in the second half to help the Loggers (3-3, 1-0) hold off the Bearcats (2-5, 0-2).
"We executed the game plan and limited their threes," said head coach Justin Lunt. "It was a great win for us."
After the first half, Egberaure led the Loggers to a 35-32 lead with his nine points. Shelton also grabbed 10 rebounds in the first half in addition to his seven points. In the game the Loggers outrebounded the Bearcats 51-34, including 22-7 on the offensive end. Shelton and Edwards combined for 11 offensive boards.
"Aaron and Kaleb had 11 offensive rebounds between the two of them and they created a lot of second chance opportunities," said Lunt. "I thought it was a good team effort."
The rebounding effort helped the Loggers overcome 20 turnovers and 35.2 percent shooting in the victory. Sean Dart and Taylor Mounts kept the Bearcats in the game with 16 points a piece and Marcus Holmes added 15 points for the Bearcats.
Those three did their best to mount the comeback and gave the Bearcats a lead at two different points in the second half. However, the Loggers continued to climb out of holes and rebuild leads behind phenomenal rebounding and 11 points from Fernandez.
"Tonight the defense was the key," added Fernandez. "We really locked down defensively and got a good win for us."
The Loggers will look to ride the momentum of the win into tomorrow when they host Pacific at 8 p.m.