TACOMA, Washington – Jimmy Wohrer led all players with 26 points as the Puget Sound men's basketball team opened its 2017-18 season with a 92-80 win over Evergreen State in Memorial Fieldhouse Wednesday night.
Despite the high-scoring affair, it was the Loggers' defense that led to the season-opening victory. Puget Sound (1-0) forced 31 Geoduck (0-1) turnovers, including 17 in the first half.
The Loggers shot a respectable 44.4 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes, and carried a 49-39 lead into halftime. Puget Sound lost its touch in the second half, mustering a 29.2 field-goal percentage. However, the Loggers improved their shooting from the charity stripe as the game went on. After shooting 1-for-8 from the free-throw line in the first half, Puget Sound shot 9-for-10 in the second.
Puget Sound held a double-digit lead, 62-49, six minutes into the second half. However, the Loggers missed six consecutive shots and Evergreen State battled back to make it a six-point game, 62-56, with 12:01 on the clock.
Austin Remus tried to get the Loggers back in a rhythm by hitting a 3-pointer that increased the lead to 65-56. The Geoducks would not go away, and cut the Logger lead to 65-62 with 9:48 left to play. Still, Puget Sound's defense kept Evergreen State at bay. A layup by Grabriel Chaikin followed by a pair of Vieira free throws gave Puget Sound a 73-64 lead late in the second half.
These two teams meet again in two days as part of the McArthur Classic in Memorial Fieldhouse on Friday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m.