TACOMA, Wash. – Derek Jobe stole the show on Friday in leading the Puget Sound men's basketball team to a 92-85 win over Lewis & Clark on Friday. Jobe went off for 36 points behind the strength of eight three-pointers to lead the Loggers (9-13, 4-9 NWC) to their third straight win.
Jobe immediately got going, draining a jump shot on the very first possession. However, the Pioneers (13-9, 7-6 NWC) responded and held a lead over the next five minutes.
A layup from Gabe Borboa regained a lead for the Loggers that would not change hands the rest of the way at 12-11 with 15:02 left in the first half. The lead continued to increase from there as Jobe caught fire.
Over one stretch in the first, Jobe scored 12 straight Logger points on four three-pointers. He knocked down five treys in the first half alone and tallied 21 points.
The Loggers lead grew to 20 points on a Dan Cheledinas layup and they took that advantage into halftime with a score of 48-28.
The Pios refused to back down as they chipped at the lead in the second half, cutting it to as little as five points late in the game. However, the Loggers were able to stay out in front behind a solid free throw shooting effort and another 15 points from Jobe.
The Loggers were 19-of-22 from the charity stripe in the second half after shooting just two free throws in the first half. However, the Loggers found a hot hand behind Jobe, knocking down over 60 percent of their shots in the first 20 minutes.
Jobe finished the night 12-for-21 from the floor and 8-of-15 behind the three-point line. He was joined in double digits by three more Logger players. Cheledinas added in 14 points while Rex Holmes scored 12 and Rex Nelson tallied 10.
Ross Erickson scored 18 to lead the Pioneers with Jason Luhnow knocking down five threes of his own for 17 points. The Pios sunk nine three-pointers in the second half to narrow the gap and the two teams combined for 22 made three-pointers in the game.
The Loggers host Linfield on Saturday night at 8 p.m. looking to extend their winning streak to four games.