TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's basketball team held a lead for 29 consecutive minutes, but Sul Ross State rallied in the second half for a 86-77 win in the final game of the Doug McArthur Classic in Memorial Fieldhouse Sunday afternoon.
Two minutes into the game, Puget Sound (1-1) claimed a 6-5 lead thanks to a 3-pointer by Gabriel Chaikin. The Loggers carried a lead through the rest of the first half, and held a 42-37 lead at the midway point.
The Loggers shot 10-for-15 (66.7 percent) from 3-point range in the first half, but 12 turnovers through the first 20 minutes kept the Lobos (1-1) within striking distance.
Puget Sound went hold from distance in the second half by shooting 2-for-13 (15.4 percent) from beyond the arc, and turnovers continued to be costly. Sul Ross State evened the score, 61-61, just over 11 minutes into the second half.
A 3-pointer by Josh McMillan followed by a free-throw from Cal Hansen allowed the Loggers to take a 68-65 lead with five minutes remaining. The Lobos remained energized in the second half, and a 9-0 run allowed Sul Ross State to take a 74-68 lead with 3:33 on the clock.
The Lobos made three 3-pointers during the 9-0 run, while the Loggers committed a pair of turnovers during the same stretch. Puget Sound was unable to reclaim the lead.
McMillan shot 4-for-4 from 3-point range, scoring 12 points in only eight minutes. Jimmy Wohrer had a hot hand in the first half, shooting 5-for-5 from distance through the first 20 minutes. However, he missed his only 3-point attempt in the second half. Wohrer still managed to lead the Loggers in scoring with 19 points.
Cal Hansen reached double figures in scoring with 10 points, and he added six rebounds.
Puget Sound has its first road games of the season at the Holiday Inn La Mirada Purple & Gold Poet Classic hosted by Whittier, Nov. 23-24. The Loggers will play against Chapman and Whittier.