Loggers come back from halftime deficit to win by three

Loggers come back from halftime deficit to win by three

TACOMA, Wash.—Down by 10 at halftime, the Puget Sound men's basketball squad had to rally in the second half to win 68-65 over Schreiner at Memorial Fieldhouse in Tacoma, Wash.

The Loggers came out of the break down 34-24 but scored the second period's first seven points and cut the Schreiner lead to three at 34-31. Schreiner was able to cling on onto their lead until 11:18 left in the period, when Erin Barber drained a three-pointer and gave Puget sound a 45-43 advantage.

Puget Sound built their lead up to five after a Nick Holden three, but Schreiner clawed back and tied the game at 50 with 7:44 to play. The Loggers scored the next four points—all from Rex Nelson—and didn't give the lead up after. Schreiner closed the Logger lead to two three times in the final four minutes, but Puget Sound kept responding with made buckets, not allowing another tie. 

With just a minute left, the Mountaineers began fouling to preserve clock time. Sharthak Mukhopadhyay made one of his two free throws and Dan Cheledinas drained two of two to ice the game for the Loggers. A Schreiner layup with eight seconds left didn't matter as the Loggers preserved the ball on their inbounds pass and ran out the clock.

In the second half, the Loggers shot a blistering 66.7%, making 14 of 21 shots. They also drained 12-15 free throws, good for an 80% mark, and shot 80% from beyond the arc after draining four of five three-balls.

The first half was a drastically different story for Puget Sound. The Loggers were outshot in the first half 37.5% to 33.3%. They also committed 10 turnovers in the opening period and committed 14 fouls, sending the Mountaineers to the foul like 19 times, of which Schreiner made 13.

"Schreiner really came out and shocked us with their intensity in the first half, and we came out stagnant" said Puget Sound head coach Justin Lunt. "At halftime we told our guys we just have to take it one possession at a time, to execute, and to chip back. Credit to our guys, they did a great job. There was a lot of great leadership out there. They had the will to win, the will to come back; it was really nice to see."

Three Loggers scored in double-digits again, with Nelson again led the Loggers with 16 points. They got 12 each from both Holden and Barber, and received eight each from both James Osorio and Keith Shattuck, who went 2-for-2 from beyond the arc and shot 3-for-5 from everywhere on the floor. 

The Puget Sound/Schreiner match-up was the fifth contest of the second annual Doug McArthur Classic and second game of the day. In the early contest, Pacific Lutheran beat Trinity 67-49.

The Loggers (2-0, 0-0 NWC) close out their tournament, the Doug McArthur Classic, with a 4:00 p.m. showdown with Trinity on Sunday, Nov. 17. That game will also take place at Memorial Fieldhouse in Tacoma, Wash.