Willamette rides defense to easy 62-37 win over PLU

SALEM — Willamette limited Pacific Lutheran to 25.5 percent shooting from the field Saturday night to defeat the Lutes 62-37 in a Northwest Conference men’s basketball game at Cone Field House.

The victory improved Willamette’s records to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in the NWC, while PLU fell to 4-7 and 1-1, respectively.

The Bearcats took a commanding 35-15 lead into intermission and expanded the margin to 52-22 midway through the final half. WU shot 48.0 percent for the game.

Willamette’s Miles Sandgathe scored 10 of his game-high 14 points in the first half, and he finished with six rebounds and four assists. The Bearcats also got big performances from Marques Johnson and Harold Sublett Jr. Johnson had 10 points and a game-high 11 boards, and Sublett finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

PLU was led by Jonathan Anderson, who came off the bench to score 13 points and pull down five rebounds. Kaelen Moore added 10 points for the Lutes.

Willamette had 17 assists on its 24 field goals, compared to the Lutes’ four assists on 13 field goals.

The Bearcats return to action Tuesday when they travel to Lewis & Clark to take on the Pioneers in an 8 p.m. NWC clash.