10th-ranked Loggers Move Past Bearcats 91-65 Saturday Night

TACOMA, Wash. - A pair of first half runs put Puget Sound in control, as the Loggers cruised to a 91-65 victory over the visiting Bearcats of Willamette University despite a career high 14 points from Willamette guard Michael Plank.

The win is the #10 Loggers seventeenth straight home victory over a Northwest Conference opponent and pushes their record to 15-3, 9-1. Willamette falls to 6-12, 3-6.

After the two teams stayed close early, Puget Sound pushed a 14-12 lead out to 22-12 midway through the first half. A pair of three pointers by Aubrey Shelton and Josh Walker sandwiched two free throws by Chris O'Donnell, giving the Loggers an 8-0 run and a ten point cushion with 9:43 remaining in the half.

The lead would get to 11 before the Bearcats began to whittle away, cutting the deficit to just five with 1:44 on the clock, setting the stage for another Logger's run.

As he did last night, Walker would again provide a spark for Puget Sound, scoring seven of the Logger's final nine points of the half, leading them on a 9-0 run that put UPS up fourteen (39-25) at the half. Walker had a pair of free throws, a jumper, a three and a steal during the stretch. He ended the night with 17 points and four rebounds on 5-6 shooting.

The two teams battled deep into the second half in a physical contest in which the teams combined for 54 free throws and 53 fouls. Puget Sound held an edge from the line, connecting on 21-29 foul shots. Willamette was 16-25 from the line on the night.

A pair of Bearcats had 14 points and five rebounds to lead their team, as guards Drew Miller and Plank combined to shoot 10-24 from the field. Brennan Garrelts had seven rebounds to lead the Willamette to a slight 35-32 rebounding advantage over the Loggers. C.J. Stuvland added 13 points and two assists.

UPS Forward Aubrey Shelton led all scorers with 19 points on 7-10 shooting and frontcourt mate Zack McVey contributed 14 points and a team high seven rebounds. Chris O'Donnell's 15 point effort gave the Loggers four player in double figures.

For the game Puget Sound shot 58.8% from the field overall and from three point distance as well, connecting on 10-17 attempts from behind the arch. Willamette was harassed into a 23-60 (38.3%) night from the field and was 3-10 on threes.

NWC action continues for both schools as Puget Sound heads to Whitworth College Friday night and the Bearcats return home to host Pacific University Tuesday evening.