UPS Hold Off Willamette 79-73

SALEM, OR — Chase Curtiss had 22 points and Chris O’Donnell had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the No. 6 ranked University of Puget Sound Loggers defeated the Willamette University men’s basketball team in a Northwest Conference game Saturday night.

The Loggers are now 8-2 overall and 2-0 in the NWC. Willamette is 4-7, 1-1 NWC.

UPS went on a 15-6 run to end the first half, taking a 47-38 lead. Jeremy Cross started the run with a lay-up and O’Donnell ended it with a 3-ppinter just before the buzzer.

In the second half, the Bearcats fell behind by as many as 13 before Michael Plank led the Bearcats back. Plank scored three points on a free throw and a breakaway lay-up to pull the Bearcats within seven at 59-52. Ian Mansfield’s jumper got the Bearcats to within 3 at 63-60.

Aubrey Shelton hit a jumper and O’Donnell hit another 3-pointer as the Loggers pushed the lead back to 8 points. The Bearcats could get no closer than four points the rest of the way.

Drew Miller, starting for the first time in place of the injured Harold Sublett Jr., scored a career high 24 points to lead the Bearcats. He added a team-high eight rebounds. John Olinger (10 points, 7 assists) and CJ Stuvland (13 points, 8 rebounds) were the other Bearcats in double figures.

Jacob Barran and Brennan Garrelts also had eight rebound each as the Bearcats won the battle of the boards 48-43. Willamette shot 43% for the game; the Loggers hit 39% of their shots. But UPS it 16 of 24 free throws to 9 of 14 for the Bearcats to give them the margin of victory.

The Bearcats host Lewis and Clark Tuesday at 8 p.m, in another Northwest Conference game.