TACOMA, Washington – After trailing by 12 points midway through the second half against Pacific Lutheran, the Puget Sound men's basketball team surmounted a comeback to claim a late lead, but the Lutes bounced back for an 84-75 win in Memorial Fieldhouse Tuesday night. It was the first Northwest Conference game of the year.
The Loggers (3-2, 0-1 NWC) faced their biggest deficit of the game, 52-40, with 12:40 on the clock in the second half. However, Puget Sound picked up its intensity.
A 3-pointer by Gabriel Chaikin cut the deficit to 65-62 with six minutes left. Pacific Lutheran maintained a lead through the next few possessions, but Jimmy Wohrer made it a one-point game, 69-68, with an old fashion three-point play and 4:33 on the clock.
Following a defensive stop, the Loggers finally broke through when Stellan Roberts hit a straight-away 3-pointer to give Puget Sound a 71-69 edge. The lead, however, did not last long. Pacific Lutheran made a pair of free-throws to even the score, and the Lutes reclaimed the lead, 73-71, with three minutes remaining. Puget Sound wasn't able to gain the advantage on the scoreboard for the rest of the game.
Wohrer scored a team-high 19 points, and led Puget Sound in rebounding with eight boards. Both Roberts and Chaiken finished with 16 points.
The Loggers shot 38.6 percent from the floor, while PLU finished with a 52.6 percent mark.
Puget Sound has its first NWC road game at George Fox Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m.