Bearcats Knock UPS From Ranks of Unbeaten, 91-83

SALEM — The Willamette University Bearcats (9-5, 4-1 NWC) shot 69% from the field in the second half and held the University of Puget Sound (12-2, 4-1 NWC) to nearly 25 points below their season scoring average in dealing the
Loggers their first conference loss of the season, 91-83, at Cone Field House Friday night.

Miles Sandgathe scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds as he led five Bearcats in double figures.

Ryan Rahlfs added 17 points, many of them coming on lay-ups as the Bearcat guards broke the UPS press consistently all night long.

Freshman Josh Erickson added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. David Force scored 13 points and Harold Sublett Jr. added ten for the Bearcats.

The Bearcats maintained a small lead throughout the first half (39-34 at halftime) and the first part of the second half.

Six points by Rahlfs and a pair of Force free throws pushed the lead to ten just under the ten-minute mark. From there, the Loggers could get no closer than five points, the last time when Medved hit a long three pointer off a steal with 2:40 to play.

But Sandgathe countered with four straight free throws as the Bearcats stretched the lead back to 10 at the 2-minute mark and coasted to the top of the NWC from there.

Matt Glynn led the Loggers with 27 points, 16 in the first half. Chase Curtiss and Curtis Medved each added 11 for the Loggers.

For the game, the Bearcats shot 54% from the field. The Loggers made 37% of their shots. Rebounds were nearly even at 44-43, UPS. Despite the Logger’s full court pressure the entire game, the Bearcats had 23 turnovers to 24 for UPS.