TACOMA, Wash. – A dominating first-half performance lifted the Puget Sound Loggers to a 73-57 Northwest Conference victory Friday night at Memorial Fieldhouse.
Getting double-digit scoring performances from four starters, the Loggers avenged a 64-61 loss to the Wildcats a month ago in McMinnville.
UPS’s Kaleb Shelton led the way with 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds while Anthony Gittens added a dozen points to go along with four rebounds. Edric Egberuare had 11 and Aaron Edwards totaled 10 points for the Loggers, who pushed their record to 8-14 overall, 5-8 in conference action.
Puget Sound blazed its way to a 35-16 halftime advantage. The Loggers shot .441 from the field to the Wildcats’ .185 during the opening 20 minutes. Linfield made just five baskets and turned the ball over 11 times, leading directly to 17 UPS points.
Wildcats all-star K.C. Wiser was limited to four free throws in the first half, missing all six of his field goal attempts. Wiser, who finished with a game-high 29 points and five rebounds, converted his first buckets of the game in the opening minute of the second half, cutting the deficit to 15 and giving the Wildcats some measure of hope.
Puget Sound kept the pedal on the gas, extending its lead to as many as 31 by the 11:05 mark of the period.
Other than Wiser's 23 second-half points, about the only highlight for Linfield after the break was an alley-oop dunk by Michael Moreland on a lofting pass from Ryan Lobdell.
COMING UP: Linfield returns to Ted Wilson Gym for a Saturday evening contest against Pacific at 8 o’clock. At halftime, members of Linfield’s 2000-01 men’s team – the last squad to win a NWC championship – will be introduced on the occasion of the 10-year anniversary of their accomplishment.
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