TACOMA, Wash. – The hot hands emerged for the Puget Sound men's basketball team in an 88-53 win over St. Scholastica on Tuesday. The Loggers (2-3) scored 56 points in the second half on the back of a 7-for-13 shooting effort from behind the three-point arc.
Riggs Yarbro led the Loggers with 18 points and led the Loggers through a rough first half that saw the home team take a 32-23 lead into the break. He scored 11 of the Loggers 32 points in the opening 20 minutes but the Loggers shot just 38.7 percent and had 10 turnovers.
The defense carried the Loggers through the first half, as they were able to force 11 turnovers from the Saints (1-6) and hold the visitors to just 30.4 percent shooting. The Saints also shot just 47 percent from the free throw line.
After halftime, the Saints looked to stay in the game as they cut the lead to just five points on a pair of free throws from Jonah Dahlman, who had 10 points on the night. However, the Loggers found a groove and scored the next 11 consecutive points to put the game out of reach.
Joey McKay came in off the bench and knocked down 4-of-5 three-point attempts in 13-point second half effort. AJ Maw was 5-of-8 from the field and scored 7 of his 12 points in the second half as well.
It seemed that everyone had the hot hand in the second half as the Loggers shot 52.6 percent from the floor. As the heat turned up on offense, it also turned up on defense. The Loggers forced 17 more Saints' turnovers for a total of 26 in the game. Ryan Rogers was one of three Loggers to end the night with three steals and he also dished out a game-high six assists.
The Loggers were also superior on the boards with a 46-39 advantage. Rex Nelson pulled down 10 rebounds to lead both teams. He grabbed five on each end of the floor.
The Logger bench came alive in a big way with 52 points, including 25 combined from Maw and McKay. They more than doubled the Saints bench that had 25 points.
The Loggers couldn't have found their shooting touch at a better time as they head into a touch road trip this weekend to start of Northwest Conference play. They will square off with Whitman on Friday at 8 p.m. before taking on the defending NWC champs at Whitworth on Saturday at 8 p.m.