TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's basketball team opened the 2016-17 season in record-setting fashion and carried an 8-3 record into the new calendar year, but the Loggers finished the season one game shy under .500 with a 12-13 overall record.
Puget Sound opened the season with a record-setting performance in Memorial Fieldhouse. The Loggers toppled Northwest Indian, 117-41, marking the largest margin of victory in program history. The previous record, 66 points, stood since the 1980-81 season, when Puget Sound beat Somona State, 132-66.
Two games later, the Loggers had a tall task at hand then they hosted the defending NCAA D-III National Champions, No. 10 St Thomas, during the McArthur Classic. The Loggers held a 41-37 lead at halftime, but the Tommies rallied in the second half for a 78-74 win. Carlos Mancasola and Jimmy Wohrer both finished the game with 23 points to lead all scorers. Mancasola hoisted the potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer, but his shot rimmed out. Kohl Meyer scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds to record this third consecutive double-double.
Puget Sound swept the competition at the Pacific Lutheran Thanksgiving Tournament. The Loggers edged Dallas, 74-73, and beat Whittier, 91-71. December opened with two Northwest Conference games. The Loggers beat Linfield (Dec. 2), 80-63, but lost to George Fox, 85-78.
Leading into the holiday break, Puget Sound went on a three-game trip Southern California. The trip began with a loss at Pomona-Pitzer, but Puget Sound bounced back with wins at Cal Lutheran and at Redlands.
The new calendar year opened with a couple of NWC overtime games at home. The Loggers beat Willamette (Jan. 6) in extra in time, 71-69. The next day, however, the Loggers lost to Lewis & Clark in overtime, 76-70.
Through an up-and-down season, Meyer was a constant presence for the Loggers. By season's end he was named to the All-Northwest Conference Second Team. Meyer finished the season ranked second in the conference in both assists (4.4) and steals (2.1) per game. He finished fourth in the NWC in both rebounds per game (8.0) and field-goal percentage (55.8 percent). The San Diego, California, native totaled nine double-doubles during the 2016-17 season, and he flirted with a triple-double several times.
Mancasola finished the season as Puget Sound's leading scorer with 14.4 points per game, and Wohrer added 12.9.
The emergence of first-year Logger Easton Driessen bodes well for Puget Sound's future. The guard scored 20+ points in three games, including 25 points against Willamette (Jan. 6) and 20 points against Whitworth (Feb. 11).
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