Men's basketball returns to NWC action at home this weekend

Men's basketball returns to NWC action at home this weekend

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's basketball team opens the new year by hosting a pair of Northwest Conference games this weekend. The Loggers tipoff against Willamette on Friday, Jan. 6, at 8 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. tipoff vs. Lewis & Clark on Saturday, Jan. 7.

 

 WHO

 Puget Sound vs. Willamette

 WHEN  

 Friday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m. 

 WHERE

 Memorial Fieldhouse | Tacoma, Wash. 

 LIVE

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 WHO

 Puget Sound vs. Lewis & Clark

 WHEN  

 Saturday, Jan. 7, 6 p.m. 

 WHERE

 Memorial Fieldhouse | Tacoma, Wash. 

 LIVE

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Early conference standings

The Loggers have the third-best overall record in the NWC with an 8-3 mark. However Puget Sound is in a four-way tie with a 1-1 record against NWC teams (Whitworth, Pacific, Linfield). The conference boasts two nationally ranked teams: No. 2 Whitman (11-0) and No. 5 Whitworth (10-1).

 

Taking offense

The Loggers are third in the NWC with 82.5 points per game, trailing only Whitworth (87.2) and Whitman (90.5). The Loggers are also second in field-goal percentage (47.1), free-throw percentage (73.2), and third in 3-point percentage (38.3).

 

Getting defensive

Puget Sound leads the NWC in opponent field-goal percentage with a mark of 38.6 percent. The Loggers are also holding opponents to a league-best 27.5 3-point percentage. More often than not, the Loggers capitalize on missed baskets with a +6.5 rebound margin, which is second in the NWC.

 

More to Meyer

Senior guard Kohl Meyer's 10.6 points per game is a slightly under his 13.6 scoring average last year, but there's far more to his game than just scoring. Meyer is the only player in the NWC averaging at least four assists and seven rebounds per game. Meyer's 4.9 dimes rank second in the NWC, and his 7.5 boards are fourth. Just for good measure, Meyer is tied for second in the conference with 1.9 steals per game.

 

Spreading the ball

Four Loggers enter the new year averaging at least 10 points per game. Carlos Mancasola leads the way with 15.3 points per game, followed by Jimmy Wohrer (14.6), Timmy Saunders (12.3), and Kohl Meyer (10.6).

 

Scouting Willamette (2-9, 0-2 NWC)

After opening the season with a win over Texas-Tyler, the Bearcats suffered nine consecutive losses. The losing streak was snapped with a victory over Portland Bible on Dec. 30. Willamette is last in the NWC in both scoring (70.5 points per game) and shooting efficiency (40.1 field-goal percentage). Team's leading scorer is Jordan Jenkins, with 10.5 points per game.

 

Scouting Lewis & Clark (4-8, 1-2 NWC)

The Pioneers have won three of their last four games, but lost at George Fox, 103-96, in overtime on Jan. 3. Lewis & Clark is one of three NWC teams averaging fewer than 13 turnovers per game (12.8). On the other hand, the Pioneers are second-to-last in rebounding with 34.7 boards per game. Markel Leonard leads the team with 12.3 points per game, and Cannen Robinson follows closely with 12.1. Jonathan Boddie is the league's third-leading rebounder (8.6).

 

 

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