TACOMA, Washington – Easton Driessen's 25 points led the way, as the Puget Sound men's basketball team defeated Willamette in overtime, 71-69, on Friday evening.
Driessen had a career high 25 points in 27 minutes, making 10 field goal attempts. Kohl Meyer recorded his fifth double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Meyer also had four assists. Kyle King chipped in 10 points.
The Loggers (9-3, 2-1 NWC) opened the game on a 6-0 run, forcing a quick timeout by Willamette (2-10, 0-3 NWC). Puget Sound eventually built a cushion in the first half, and led the Bearcats by 14 at the break (34-20). The home team maintained its lead for the first 10 minutes of the second half, however, Willamette eventually began chipping away. The Loggers led 50-39 with 9:37 remaining in regulation, but the Bearcats went on a 10-2 run to close the gap to three points. Nico Troplent eventually made two free throws with 1:39 left to tie the game. Neither team was able to get a decent shot off in the final minute, so the game went to overtime.
The two teams each made a basket to begin overtime, but Driessen went on to score nine points in the period, and King grabbed two offensive rebounds to earn the victory for the Loggers.
Puget Sound shot 46.4 percent (32-for-69) from the field, while Willamette shot 37.1 percent (23-for-62). The Loggers were 0-for-14 (0 percent) from beyond the arc. This was the first time Puget Sound has not made a three-pointer since at least the 2000-01 season. The Bearcats were 3-for-14 (21.4 percent) on 3-point shots. Puget Sound were outrebounded 45-38.
Puget Sound returns to Memorial Fieldhouse on Saturday, January 7. The Loggers host Lewis & Clark, with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m.
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