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January 12, 2012

Men's Basketball Looks To Carry Momentum At Home

LOOKING TO BUILD MOMENTUM: The Pacific Lutheran University men's basketball team looks to build off a big win against the University of Puget Sound as the Lutes welcome Lewis and Clark College to Olson Auditorium. Pacific Lutheran is coming off an 80-62 win over No. 18 Puget Sound. The victory brought the Lutes overall record to 6-8 on the year and with a Northwest Conference mark of 3-2, PLU sits in a second-place tie with UPS. Friday night's game against Lewis and Clark in Olson Auditorium is set for 8 p.m.  

LIVE STATS: Live stats of every Pacific Lutheran home game are available and can be accessed on the www.golutes.com site. Click on the Live Stats link on the right side of the page and then on the appropriate link.

LISTEN LIVE: Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Robertson will be courtside to call the remainder of the PLU home and road basketball games. Those games can be heard in the Tacoma area on KLAY 1180 AM, as well as online at www.golutes.com. Click on the Listen Live on the right side of the page and then on the appropriate link.

BIG MAN ON CAMPUS: Junior Cameron Schilling has made huge strides in his game from a season ago. Leading the NWC in minutes played (476), the wing from Federal Way, Wash. is averaging 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game in 2011-12. In addition, the junior has added an outside shooting presence to his offensive repertoire. In his previous two seasons, Schilling had only made one three-point field goal. This season, he has made 13 shots from behind the arc and is shooting an outstanding 44.8 percent (13-29) from outside. Earlier this week, the 6-5 Schilling scored 19 points, grabbed 15 boards, and tossed 7 assists in the win over Puget Sound.  

SCOUTING THE PIONEERS: With an overall record of 7-6 on the season, the Lewis and Clark College Pioneers sit in a four-way tie for fourth-place in the NWC standing. Currently on a three-game win streak, the Pio's are coming off a 62-59 win over Linfield College. Lewis and Clark is led by junior duo James Hollins and Ross Erickson. Hollins, a guard from Phoenix, Ariz., leads the team with 15.1 points per game. Trailing close behind Hollins is guard Ross Erickson. The junior is averaging 14.4 points per game and ranks sixth in the NWC with 7.2 rebounds per game. L&C rebounds on the defensive glass better than any team in the conference as the Pio's are averaging 28.8 defensive boards per game. 

SERIES HISTORY: The Lutes will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak against the Pioneers Friday night in Parkland. Pacific Lutheran has not beat L&C since January 9, 2010 when the Lutes came out victorious with an 83-73 decision. Overall, the Lutes and Pio's have met 105 times in the series history dating back to the 1938-39 season. Through 105 meetings, the Lutes hold a 64-51 advantage. Though the series between the two teams has been generally even throughout the years, PLU did win 17 of 18 games during the mid to late 1980's to take the series advantage.

PLU 80, PUGET SOUND 62: Cameron Schilling scored the first five points of the game and didn't let up for the rest of the 39 minutes that he was on the floor. As a result, Pacific Lutheran rolled past Puget Sound, 80-62, in a Northwest Conference men's basketball game played Tuesday night in Olson Auditorium. With the win, the Lutes move into a tie with Puget Sound for second place in the conference standings, both with 3-2 records. PLU is now 6-8 overall, while the Loggers, who came into the game ranked No. 18 in this week's D3hoops.com national poll, are now 11-3 this season. A junior post player who at 6-foot 5-inches gave up several inches to Puget Sound's big men, Schilling had an impressive game with 19 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Of his rebounding total, 14 came on the defensive end, which limited Puget Sound's second-chance opportunities. Schilling hit a jumper and three-point basket within the first 90 seconds of the game to put the Lutes on top, 5-0, and they never trailed after that. In fact, the closest the Loggers came was two points, 7-5, when Anthony Gittens scored a pair of free throws about 4 1/2 minutes into the contest. Leading 12-7, the Lutes used a 16-4 surge over a six-minute period to take a 28-11 lead with 7:56 left in the first half. Zachary Klein came off the bench to score seven of his 11 points during the run, and James Conti added five more points. Once PLU took a double-digit lead at 22-10 on Conti's three-point bucket, the Lutes never led by less than 10 points the rest of the way. Pacific Lutheran took its largest lead at 51-30 when Drew Earnest fed Kai Hoyt for a layin with 15:43 remaining in the contest. That bucket came at the end of an 8-0 PLU run that wiped away Puget Sound's final hope of a second half rally. The Loggers had pulled to within 13 points, 43-30, on Nick Holden's layup just 90 seconds earlier. Schilling was joined in double figure scoring by teammates Earnest with 16, Conti with 14, Hoyt with 12 and Klein with 11. Both Schilling and Conti had seven assists and Earnest added six to help the Lutes shoot 58 percent from the field (34-for-59). For Puget Sound, the leading scorers were subs Ryan Rogers with 14 points and Rex Holmes with 11. Kaleb Shelton-Johnson had 10 points and Edric Egberuare had eight rebounds in a losing cause.

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