TACOMA, Washington – A late first-half surge propelled the Puget Sound men's basketball team to a convincing 91-71 win over Whittier in the final day of the Pacific Lutheran Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
The Loggers (4-1) trailed the Poets (1-2), 19-16, when a Jeremiah Hobbs tip-in with 8:23 on the clock in the first half provided the spark Puget Sound needed. Following a defensive stop, Jimmy Wohrer hit a 3-pointer to give the Loggers a 21-19 lead, and Puget Sound never trailed for the rest of the game.
The buckets by Hobbs and Wohrer were the first points of a 12-0 run by the Loggers, and they carried a 40-29 lead into halftime.
Puget Sound shot 44.6 percent from the floor, but its defensive efforts limited Whittier to just 32.4 percent shooting. The Loggers also won the battle on the boards, 51-40.
Puget Sound opens conference play at home against Linfield on Friday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m.
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