Men's basketball returns to its NWC schedule

Men's basketball returns to its NWC schedule

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's basketball team returns to the hardwood – and Northwest Conference action – when it plays at Pacific (Jan. 4) and Linfield (Jan. 5) this weekend.

 

 WHO   Puget Sound at Pacific 
 WHEN   Jan. 4, 2019 | 8 p.m.
 WHERE   Forest Grove, Ore.
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

 WHO   Puget Sound at Linfield 
 WHEN   Jan. 5, 2019 | 6 p.m.
 WHERE   McMinnville, Ore.
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

A fresh start

The Loggers' first games of the 2019 calendar year offers a fresh start, as the squad ended 2018 with six losses in its last seven games.

 

Leading scorer

After finishing the 2017-18 season as the NWC's leading scorer, senior Jimmy Wohrer continues to have his way this season. Wohrer's 21.8 points per game currently leads the conference.

 

From a distance

The Loggers lead the NWC in 3-point accuracy, connecting on 43.4 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. Gabriel Chaikin ranks fourth in the NWC by hitting 52.0 percent of his 3-point attempts, and Wohrer is 12th with a 46.5 percent mark.

 

A bit of everything

Stellan Roberts has been a consistent focal point of the Loggers' offense and defense this season. He ranks 12th in the NWC in scoring (15.2), seventh in rebounding (6.5), and he's tied for fourth in assists (4.5).

 

Cal state of mind

Freshman Cal Hansen is the NWC's fourth-leading rebounder, averaging 7.8 boards per game. Through his first 11 collegiate games, Hansen has three double-digit rebound games, including a season-high 17 at George Fox (Dec. 1).

 

Scouting Pacific (6-5, 0-2 NWC)

The Boxers' first-year head coach, Justin Lunt, has Pacific scoring a conference-best 108.7 points per game. However, Pacific is far and away giving up the most points in the NWC (116.5). Marcus Wallace is the NWC's second-leading scorer (21.5), and Brevin Brown ranks eighth (18.6). Pacific's 3-point percentage (32.2 percent) is the worst in the NWC.

 

Scouting Linfield (9-2, 2-0 NWC)

The Wildcats' only two losses this season came against Cal Lutheran and No. 1 Nebraska-Wesleyan. Linfield carries a three-game winning streak into this weekend. Dempsey Roggenbuck is fifth in the NWC in scoring with 20.0 points per game. Linfield commits the fewest turnovers in the NWC (10.5), and its 50.6 field-goal percentage is second in the conference.