WALLA WALLA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's basketball team raced out to an early double-digit lead at No. 1 Whitman, but the Blues outlasted the Loggers, 136-109, Friday night.
Jimmy Wohrer was lights out from distance early in the game. He hit his first four 3-point attempts, the last of which gave the Loggers (12-5, 5-4 NWC) a 21-9 lead just 4:30 in the game. Gabriel Chaikin's and-one kept the Blues (17-0, 9-0 NWC) at bay, 29-20, midway through the first half.
Puget Sound had a 39-33 lead with 8:15 to play in the first half, but Whitman went on a 14-0 run to take a 47-39 lead with 5:20 remaining. Tim Howell hit a 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer to give Whitman a 68-53 lead at the break.
Wohrer led the Loggers in scoring with 28 points, and Stellan Roberts poured in 19 to go along with seven rebounds off the bench. Jeremiah Hobbs netted 13 points, while Chaikin, Anthony Rumasuglia, and Walker Shibley-Styer scored 10 points, each.
The Loggers shot 50.6 percent from the floor for the third time this season, but Whitman shot 63.5 percent, including 50 percent (11-for-22) from 3-point range.
Puget Sound has another battle in store against No. 4 Whitworth, Saturday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m.