The 2019 McArthur Classic is this Friday and Saturday

Ronnie Glover / D3photography.com
Ronnie Glover / D3photography.com

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's basketball team hosts the Doug McArthur Classic, Nov. 22-23, in Memorial Fieldhouse. The Loggers take on Warner Pacific Friday at 8 p.m., and then battle Chapman Saturday at 6 p.m.

 

McArthur Classic home page

Click HERE for the weekend's schedule, live video and live stats, visitor information, and more.

 

The Legend

Doug McArthur is one of the most respected contributors to the promotion and development of sports in the Puget Sound area. He has been honored in multiple facets, including his induction into the Logger Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. Twenty years after his Hall of Fame induction, McArthur continued to receive honors in the region. Last year the Metro Parks Tacoma Board of Park Commissioners named Vassault Park ball fields after McArthur. McArthur is a graduate of Tacoma's Lincoln High School and later studied at Washington State University in Communications, and the University of Puget Sound in Journalism. McArthur chose to serve his country during the Korean War, and he ultimately graduated from the Armed Forces Information School in New York. McArthur returned to his alma mater of Puget Sound in 1965 as the Executive Director of the Alumni Association and Sports Information Director. He was named Director of Athletics in 1969. During his tenure as Athletic Director, McArthur also held numerous coaching positions including head golf coach, assistant baseball coach, and junior varsity basketball coach. McArthur also coached the first Puget Sound women's softball team, which he led to an unbeaten season. McArthur also spent time serving on the NCAA public relations committee for four years and was the radio and television voice for many of the Logger sport broadcasts.

 

Road trip

Puget Sound began the 2019-20 season in California, where it split results against UC Santa Cruz (Nov. 15) and Caltech (Nov. 16). The Loggers lost to the Banana Slugs, 81-79, but bounced back with a 72-62 win over the Beavers.

 

Steady Stellan

2018-19 All-Northwest Conference honoree Stellan Roberts began his senior year with a double-double against Santa Cruz (25 points, 12 rebounds). Through the first two games of the season, he is averaging 23.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and shooting 48.4 percent from the floor.

 

Fresh take

Freshman Tyrese Yussuf-Willis is averaging 16.5 points per game while shooting 50-percent (5-for-10) from 3-point range. He is also chipping in 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

 

Rookie minutes

Tyrese Yussuf-Willis is averaging 27.0 minutes per game, and he's not the only Logger freshman who saw a lot of run in California. Grant Erickson is averaging 25.5 minutes per game, followed by Kobe Elsner (21.0) and John Misel (19.5).

 

Scouting Warner Pacific (3-2)

Out of the Cascade Collegiate Conference, the Knights are averaging 72.0 points and 39.0 rebounds per game. Four players average double-digits in scoring, led by Kadeem Strickland with 16.3 points per game. Kaleb Tompkins is the team's leading rebounder with 8.8 boards per game.

 

Scouting Chapman (0-0)

The McArthur Classic marks the start of the season for the Panthers. Last year Chapman (7-18, 5-11 SCIAC) finished sixth in the conference. The team's top returner is Chandler White, who averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in 2018-19.