TACOMA, Washington – Clutch 3-point shooting and key defensive stands led the Puget Sound men's basketball team to a 65-58 win over Chapman in the final game of the Doug McArthur Classic in Memorial Fieldhouse Saturday night.
What started out as a slow game for both teams ended with plenty of excitement for the Logger faithful in attendance. Through the game's first five minutes, Puget Sound (2-2) and Chapman (0-2) combined for just six points. The first half came to a close with Chapman holding a 28-23 advantage.
The Panthers continued to hold the lead, 43-37, with 12 minutes left in regulation. That's when the Loggers started to click on both ends of the floor.
CJ Geathers made it a one-possession, 43-40, by hitting a 3-pointer in front of the student section. Chapman got its lead back up to five points, but Geathers delivered another trey – this time in front of his team's bench - to cut the deficit to 47-45 with 7:16 on the clock.
Following a defensive stop, Riley Nichol tied the game with a pair of free-throws. The Panthers answered right back with two free-throws of their own, but John Misel's put-back offensive rebound as the shot clock expired allowed the Loggers to tie it up again, 49-49.
After another defensive stop, Tyrese Yussuf-Willis earned a trip to the line and gave the Loggers their first lead of the game, 51-49, with five minutes left. The Loggers did not trail for the rest of the game.
After Yussuf-Willis' free-throws, Misel came up with a steal on the defensive end. Yussuf-Willis delivered again on the offensive end, this time with a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 54-49.
The Panthers tied the game, 58-58, but Roberts found an open Misel on the wing, and the freshman buried the go-ahead 3-pointer with 19 seconds left.
Yussuf-Willis led all players with 23 points, and he shot 4-for-8 from 3-point range. Stellan Robers totaled 15 points, seven rebounds, and six assists for the Loggers.
The Loggers continue their stretch at home when they host Northwest Saturday, Nov. 30, for a 3 p.m. tipoff.