TACOMA, Wash. – Senior Anthony Gittens had a career-high 15 rebounds to lead the Puget Sound men's basketball team to a 85-64 win over Willamette on Friday. The win is the Loggers (14-4, 6-3 NWC) third straight.
Gittens career-high 15 boards led a phenomenal rebounding effort from the Loggers. The Loggers held a +17 advantage on the boards, pulling down 46 to the Bearcats (2-16, 0-9 NWC) 29. After the first half, the Loggers held a 23-5 rebounding advantage and had 11 second chance points.
Willamette was led by Taylor Mounts as the only Bearcat in double figures with 11 points.
The Loggers received a balanced effort as 15 of the 16 Loggers that set foot on the floor scored a point. Edric Egberaure had a team-high 12 points while Gittens pitched in 11 points.
Willamette opened the game primed for the upset, taking advantage of a flurry of Logger turnovers to score the first five points of the game. Derek Jobe's three-pointer at the 17:40 mark broke the Loggers silence.
Turnovers continued to be an issue for both teams throughout the contest as the Loggers turned the ball over 28 times but pressured Willamette into 30 turnovers.
The Loggers and Bearcats traded the lead as the game stayed close over the next seven minutes. With the score 14-14, Egberaure hit a jumer that gave the Loggers a lead they would not let go. Egberaure's shot sparked a 10-0 that saw the Loggers open up the game and continue to the big win.
The Loggers conclude their homestand tomorrow when they host Pacific at 8 p.m.