Loggers overcome 16-point deficit to beat Whittier

Loggers overcome 16-point deficit to beat Whittier

WHITTIER, California – Freshman Cal Hansen's jumper with 16 seconds left in regulation stood as the winning basket as the Puget Sound men's basketball team gutted out an 89-85 win at Whittier Saturday afternoon. The game was the conclusion of the Holiday Inn La Mirada Purple & Gold Poet Classic.

Knotted up at 85-85, Hansen's fifth made basket of the day put Puget Sound (3-1) ahead for good. The Poets (1-3) missed a 3-pointer in their ensuing possession, and Max Basile iced the game with a pair of free-throws.

Puget Sound trailed by 16 points, 75-59, with 8:30 left in the second half. From that score, however, a pair of free-throws by AJ Johnson sparked the Loggers' comeback. Two free-throws by Basile cut the deficit to single digits, 75-67, with 6:48 on the clock. A layup by Chaikin with 3:06 to go tied the score, 82-82.

Hansen finished the game with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor, and 3-for-3 shooting from the charity stripe. Jimmy Wohrer led the Loggers in scoring with 22 points, and Chaikin finished with 22.

Stellan Roberts filled the stat sheet for Puget Sound, posting 12 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, two blocks, and a steal.

The Loggers shot 12-for-25 (48 percent) from 3-point range, and 29-for-61 (47.5 percent) from the floor. More importantly, Puget Sound overcame its free-throw woes by hitting 90.5 percent (19-for-21) of its attempts.

Puget Sound hosts its first Northwest Conference game of the season Tuesday, Nov. 27, against Pacific Lutheran at 8 p.m.