TACOMA, Washington – Stellan Roberts led all players in scoring with 24 points and the Puget Sound men's basketball team shook off a slow start to beat Northwest, 92-81, in Memorial Fieldhouse Saturday night.
Roberts finished one rebound shy of a double-double, and he added four assists and a couple of the steals for the Loggers (3-2). After missing the previous two games due to injury, Cal Hansen scored 12 points in 20 minutes. Tyrese Yussuf-Willis netted 13 points, and John Misel finished with 12 off the bench.
The Eagles (5-2) held the lead for the first 15 minutes of the game, but the Loggers never trailed by more than six points during that stretch. After Northwest took a 24-19 lead, the Loggers called a quick timeout. Out of the huddle, Roberts drilled a 3-pointer and the Loggers got a couple of defensive stops. Hansen tied the game, 24-24, with a bucket in the post. The Loggers took their first lead since it was 3-2, 26-24, when Roberts made a couple of free-throws with 4:36 on the clock in the first half.
A layup by Misel broke a 31-31 tie game, and his basket ignited a 9-1 run for the Loggers to close out the first half. Puget Sound took a 40-32 lead into the locker room.
The Loggers never trailed in the second half. Their lead reached double-digits, 55-44, when Roberts hit a 3-pointer six minutes into the second half.
Puget Sound shot a season-best 52.4 percent (11-for-21) from 3-point range, and the Loggers committed a season-low 10 turnovers. The 39 rebounds as a team is also the season's best total.
Puget Sound remains at home this weekend to host Wis.-Eau Claire Sunday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m.