REDLANDS, California – Jeremiah Hobbs' bucket from the paint broke a tie with less than a minute left in regulation, and the Loggers came up with a couple of defensive stops as the Puget Sound men's basketball team beat Redlands, 116-115, on the road Wednesday afternoon.
The Loggers start their season with a 4-0 record for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
Jimmy Wohrer's pass found Hobbs in the paint, and the Puget Sound (4-0) big man hit a layup to give his team a 116-114 lead with 48 seconds left in regulation. The Bulldogs (0-3) had a few opportunities to go ahead after Hobbs' basket.
Redlands' Trevor Baker shot 1-for-2 from three-throw line with 38 seconds on the clock. The Loggers couldn't add to their lead in the ensuing possession. The Bulldogs called a timeout with eight seconds left, and set up a 3-point attempt for Baker. He missed the shot, and a put-back attempt by Joey Sponheim also missed.
Wohrer – the reigning Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week – led the Loggers in scoring with 27 points. Stellan Roberts poured in a career-high 17 points, and Hobbs added 10. Zion Shepherd scored 13 points off the bench, and Anothony Rumasuglia finished with 11.
Puget Sound shot a season-high 50.6 percent from the floor. The Loggers' swarming defense forced Redlands into 28 turnovers – twice as many as Puget Sound's total.
The Loggers compete in the Wells Classic this weekend, hosted by Claremont-M-S. Puget Sound takes on Pomona-Pitzer on Friday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m.