Willamette and Puget Sound Play Three Overtimes before 22nd-Ranked Loggers Outlast Bearcats, 140-137

TACOMA, WASH. -- In a game that featured 191 shots, 94 free throw attempts and 107 rebounds, the University of Puget Sound, ranked #22 in NCAA Division III, outlasted Willamette University, 140-137 in three overtimes, in the Northwest Conference opener for both teams. UPS improved to 4-1 overall, while Willamette fell to 1-4.

Both teams placed seven players in double figures. Willamette’s Dan Nugent (Fr., Wing/Post, Portland, OR/Jesuit HS) led all players with 34 points. Robert Krauel topped the Loggers with 28 points. UPS held a slim 58-57 lead at halftime, before the teams ended regulations knotted at 108-108. The score was 121-121 after one overtime and 131-131 at the end of the second overtime.

Willamette’s first five opponents have earned a combined record of 26-4 through games on Friday. Albertson College is 6-1 (losing only to Westminster of Utah), Eastern Oregon is 7-2 (losing only to Willamette and Albertson), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is 5-0 and Pomona-Pitzer is 4-0.

The marathon game between WU and Puget Sound finally ended when Krauel stole the ball with 17 seconds left in the third overtime, then scored on a layup with 11 seconds to go. The basket by Krauel extended a one-point lead for UPS into the final 140-137 score. Willamette missed two jump shots in the final 11 seconds.

Willamette forced the first overtime when Nugent sank a jump shot with three seconds remaining in regulation. The tying points in the first overtime were scored by Weston Wood of UPS. In the second overtime, the final points were provided by Krauel on a steal and layup for the Loggers with 27 seconds on the clock.

Nugent, who has scored 20 or more points in three of his first five games as a collegiate player, hit 11 of 15 field goals and 10 of 10 free throws against the Loggers. He went 2 for 2 on three-point attempts. Nugent also hauled down seven rebounds, provided three assists, blocked a game-high four shots and earned two steals.

Kyler McClary (So., Post, Hillsboro, OR/Glencoe HS) followed with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Bearcats, while shooting 7 of 10 from the field. Mike Plank (Sr., Wing, Stockton, CA/Franklin HS) and Michael Smith (Jr., Wing, Talent, OR/Phoenix HS) each scored 17 points.

Ian Mansfield (Jr., Post, Hillsboro, OR/Century HS) contributed a double-double for the Bearcats with 15 points and 16 boards. He also supplied six assists. Corey Costantino (So., Wing, Ashland, OR/Ashland HS) added 13 points and Simon Currie (So., Wing/Post, Bend, OR/Mt. View HS) produced 11 points.

The Bearcats shot 55.0% for the game (44 of 80), including a sizzling 64.0% in the first half (16 of 25). WU made 7 of 10 three-pointers and connected on 42 of 52 free throws (80.8%), but committed 44 turnovers. UPS had 15 fewer turnovers and used the extra possessions and 24 offensive rebounds to take 31 more shots than Willamette. As a result, the Loggers were able to win with 45.0% shooting (50 of 111).

UPS was just 9 of 35 (25.7%) on three-point attempts, but hit 41 of 76 two-point shots (53.9%). The Loggers sank 31 of 42 free throws for a very respectable 73.8%.

Krauel not only led UPS with 28 points on 10 of 14 field goals and 8 of 10 free throws, but also earned a team-high 12 rebounds. Antwan Williams provided 20 points and Ryan DeLong chipped in 19 points and seven assists. Wood finished with 17 points, Jason Foster hit the nets for 16 points to go with seven boards, Taylor Marsh scored 14 points and Curtis Medved achieved 14 points.

Willamette will have little time to recover from the three-overtime game, as the Bearcats are slated to play another Northwest Conference game on Saturday, Dec. 2. At least WU doesn’t have to travel very far, as Saturday’s game is in Tacoma against Pacific Lutheran University at 8 p.m. (PST).