TACOMA, Washington – After connecting on eight 3-pointers in the first half, the Puget Sound men's basketball team went cold in the latter 20 minutes and lost to Pacific Lutheran, 75-65, in Memorial Fieldhouse Tuesday night.
The Loggers (7-7, 1-4 NWC) shot 8-for-13 from 3-point range en route to a 35-27 lead at halftime. However, Puget Sound went just 3-for-12 from distance in the second half.
Stellan Roberts was the only Puget Sound starter to score in double figures. He totaled 11 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out with a couple of minutes left in regulation. John Misel scored 12 points off the bench, and Jourdan Joseph added 11.
PLU (6-8, 2-3 NWC) handled the boards by a 44-31 margin.
Early in the second half the Lutes cut their deficit to one possession, 35-32, but Kobe Elsner hit a pair of free-throws to cushion the Loggers' lead. Still, PLU kept fighting and midway through the half it went on a 7-0 run to take a 51-46 lead.
The Lutes' lead continued to grow down the stretch. CJ Geathers briefly stopped PLU's momentum by hitting a 3-pointer to cut the Loggers' deficit to 63-55. Following a defensive stop Misel drove hard to the basket for two points, making it a six-point game with just over three minutes left in regulation. Still, Puget Sound was unable to get closer.
The Loggers are on the road Saturday, Jan. 18, to take on Lewis & Clark at 6 p.m.