First-year staff leads Loggers to records, upsets, postseason

First-year staff leads Loggers to records, upsets, postseason

TACOMA, Washington – First-year Puget Sound men's basketball head coach Aubrey Shelton and his staff led the Loggers back to the postseason, and the run impacted school records along the way. 

Needing a win in its final game of the regular season to qualify for the Northwest Conference Tournament, Puget Sound upset No. 12 Whitworth, 87-72, in Memorial Fieldhouse (Feb. 17). The victory ended an 11-year losing streak against the Pirates, and vaulted the Loggers into the postseason for the second consecutive year. 

Senior Jimmy Wohrer was named to the All-NWC First Team for the second time in as many years. He finished the year as the conference's second-leading scorer with 20.3 points per game. Wohrer achieved two milestones during the season. During the first game of the season against Old Westbury (Nov. 17), Wohrer eclipsed 1,000 points for his Logger career. A little more than three months later, Wohrer surpassed Chase Curtis as Puget Sound's all-time leader in career 3-point makes. He rounds out his collegiate career with 290 made 3-pointers. 

Freshman Cal Hansen was an immediate revelation for the Loggers, as he earned NWC Freshman of the Year. Hansen rounded out his rookie campaign as the conference's second-leading rebounder (9.8). His 59.1 field-goal percentage ranked seventh. He had seven double-doubles during the season. 

Stellan Roberts and Gabriel Chaikin joined Wohrer and Hansen as All-NWC honorees. Roberts, an All-NWC Second Team selection, ranked 11th in scoring in NWC (15.1), and he was a top contributor in multiple facets. He tied for the third-most assists per game (4.2), ranked 11th in rebounding (5.9), and finished third in free-throw percentage (85.4 percent). 

Chaikin, an All-NWC Honorable Mention, went on a tear through the last six games of the season, averaging 19.3 points through that stretch. Overall, his 46.6 3-point percentage ranked fifth in the NWC. 

The Loggers' four All-NWC members is the program's most single-season honorees since the 2008-09 season. 

The 2018-19 Loggers finished the season with a 12-14 overall record, including an 8-8 mark in the NWC. The season ended with a NWC Semifinal loss at No. 2 Whitman.