Balanced Attack Leads Puget Sound to Victory over Evergreen State

Balanced Attack Leads Puget Sound to Victory over Evergreen State

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The University of Puget Sound men's basketball team took an early lead and never looked back in a 77-65 victory over Evergreen State Wednesday night at CRC Gymnasium.

The Loggers showed no signs of rust after not playing for 11 days, scoring the game's first ten points and never letting the Geoducks closer than four points all night long. Puget Sound extended their first-half lead to 15 before Evergreen State went on a 9-0 run to end the half at 33-27.

Puget Sound continued their hot shooting in the second half, extending their lead back up to 13 not even three minutes into the second half. They maintained their double-digit lead for most of the second half before finishing the game with a 12-point margin.

Puget Sound received contributions from all over their roster, with five players reaching double-figures in points. Guards Erin Barber and A.J. Maw both led the squad with 16 points apiece, while senior guard Dan Cheledinas added 15 off the bench. 

The Loggers were balanced on the boards as well, led by forward Nick Holden who brought down eight rebounds. Cheledinas had seven rebounds and forward Rex Nelson grabbed six of his own.

As a team, Puget Sound shot 50.9% from the field but was only 1-for-8 from behind the 3-point line. The Loggers dominated in the paint Wednesday night, outscoring Evergreen State 40-16 in in the paint. Puget Sound played team basketball all night, earning 20 assists on 29 field goals.

The win brought Puget Sound's record to 3-4 and dropped Evergreen State to 1-7. Puget Sound does not play again until they host SUNY Geneseo on Monday, Dec. 30. It will be their final non-conference tune-up before they open Northwest Conference play on Friday, Jan. 3.