Loggers welcome Linfield, Pacific to Memorial Fieldhouse

Photo by Ronnie Glover / D3photography.com
Photo by Ronnie Glover / D3photography.com

TACOMA, Washington – An unpredictable Northwest Conference men's basketball season continues when the Loggers host both Linfield and Pacific this weekend.

 

WHO   Puget Sound vs. Linfield 
 WHEN   Feb. 1, 2019 | 8 p.m.
 WHERE   Tacoma, Wash. | Memorial Fieldhouse 
 LINKS  Stats | Video (by Bates)

 

WHO   Puget Sound vs. Pacific 
 WHEN   Feb. 2, 2019 | 6 p.m.
 WHERE   Tacoma, Wash. | Memorial Fieldhouse 
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

Special Olympians 

Puget Sound is proud to once again partner with the Metro Parks Tacoma Special Olympics. The Olympians will play full-court games during halftime of both the Puget Sound women's and men's games this Saturday.

 

Anyone's guess

The Loggers enter this weekend with a 4-6 NWC record, which is just one game out of the playoff picture. The NWC's top four teams qualify for the conference tournament. Whitman is 11-0 in NWC, followed by Whitworth (8-3), Linfield (7-3), and George Fox (5-5). Last week, Willamette upset rationally-ranked No. 5 Whitworth, 95-93 (Jan. 26). That same day, Lewis & Clark came away with a double-digit win over George Fox, 94-84. The day prior, the Pioneers defeated another team in postseason contention with a 90-81 win over Linfield. Puget Sound beat Lewis & Clark in its one game against the Pioneers (Jan. 12).

 

Clawed by the Bruins

Puget Sound's two losses to George Fox this season both came in overtime. The most recent contest was in Memorial Fieldhouse, Jan. 25, when the Bruins won by a just a point, 79-78.

 

Approaching a record

Jimmy Wohrer holds the Puget Sound record for 3-pointers in a season (104), which he achieved last year. The senior is approaching the school record for 3-pointers in career. Wohrer has made 263 3-pointers in his Logger career, and Chase Curtiss holds the record at 275. Wohrer enters this weekend as the conference's third-leading scorer (19.8).

 

Broadcast by Bates

Bates Technical College, Puget Sound's neighbor down Union Street, will broadcast the men's and women's basketball games Friday night. Max Gun is on the play-by-play call for the Loggers. The games will be broadcast on Bates' YouTube Channel (click HERE).

 

Rookie rebounder

Puget Sound freshman Cal Hansen leads the NWC in rebounding with 9.6 boards per game. He has nine games with at least 10 rebounds, including a season-high 18 against the Bruins last week (Jan. 25). Hansen's 62.6 field-goal percentage ranks third in the NWC.

 

The helper

Stellan Roberts' 4.6 assists per game ranks second in the NWC. He is also seventh in rebounding (6.3), 12th in scoring (14.4), and fifth in three-throw percentage (83.1).

 

Scouting Linfield (14-5, 7-3 NWC)

The Wildcats are 3-1 in their last four games, with the loss coming against Lewis & Clark. The Linfield defense averages the third-most steals (10.8) in the NWC). On the other end of the floor, the Wildcats' 41.2 3-point percentage ranks second. Dempsey Roggenbuck is the team's leading scorer (18.8), and Liam O'Reilly is the top rebounder (6.1).

 

Scouting Pacific (8-11, 2-8 NWC)

The last-place Boxers have lost six of their last eight games. Although first-year head coach Justin Lunt has led Pacific to 103.5 points per game (second in NWC), the Boxers are shooting just 30.8 percent from 3-point range (last in NWC). Marcus Wallace is the conference's leading scorer with 21.5 points per game, and Brevin Brown averages 15.3.