TACOMA, Washington - Backed by freshman Cal Hansen's first career double-double, the Puget Sound men's basketball team beat Concordia-Chicago, 89-83, in Memorial Fieldhouse Monday night.
Hansen finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Loggers (4-5). He nearly had a double-double by halftime with nine points and seven boards at the break. Hansen had been flirting with a double-double all season. Prior to Monday night, Hansen scored at least 10 points in four games, and he pulled down at least eight rebounds in five games.
Three other Loggers scored in double figures against the Cougars (2-6). Stellan Roberts led the team in scoring with 18 points, Jimmy Wohrer netted 15, and AJ Johnson tallied 10 points in 15 minutes off the bench. The win snaps Puget Sound's four-game losing streak.
Puget Sound held a 42-36 lead at halftime, but the Cougars were not going away quietly. The Loggers were up by one, 67-66, when a 3-pointer by Gabriel Chaikin gave Puget Sound some breathing room with 4:57 left in the second half. Following a defensive stop, Wohrer hit a trey of his own to build the lead to 73-66.
The Cougars went on a quick 4-0 run to make it a one-possession game, but consecutive 3-pointers by Roberts and Walker Shibley-Styer gave the Loggers a 79-70 advantage with 2:50 on the clock.
The Cougars did a good job of extending the game, but the Loggers shot 10-for-12 from the free-throw line in the final minute of the game, including five out of six from Roberts.
The Loggers have a quick turnaround when they travel to NCAA D-II member Central Washington for 7 p.m. tipoff Tuesday, Dec. 18.