Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University men's basketball team drained a season high 15 three-point shots, as the long ball led the Lutes to a win over crosstown rival University of Puget Sound 75-63 on Tuesday night inside Olson Gymnasium.
Shots were falling for the Lutes (12-12, 7-8 Northwest Conference), knocking down 50 percent of their three-point attempts (15-for-30) while going 26-for-59 (44.1 percent) from the field. The Lutes held a 62-53 lead with 6:40 left in the game when the Lutes ripped off four consecutive three pointers, putting the game out of reach for the Loggers (12-12, 5-10 NWC).
"You're always much better when the ball goes through the basket," Steve Dickerson said. "They were good shots, they were our kind of shots. We moved the ball well and defended in the second half. It was a gritty, tough win. We could have given up when we were down nine in the first half, but they are good, tough kids. That's what they are."
The first half belonged to Dylan Foreman. Foreman was efficient, going seven-for-10 from the field, sinking four-of-five shots from deep, scoring 18 points in the half. He finished with 20 points, going eight-for-13 from the field. The junior had four rebounds and a steal.
"It was very, very nice," Foreman said. "I was overdue. Every pregame, Arvid (Isaksen) tells me to get in a rhythm early. I took that to heart tonight. I knew we needed it against a really good team like UPS. I knew it was a matter of time for my shots to start falling again, guys found me in great spots."
Brandon Lester caught fire in the second half. The senior guard was perfect from three-point range in the half, knocking down all four of his attempts. He scored 14 points, finishing the game with 22 while dishing out three assists.
Jared Christy had a monster game on the boards. The sophomore pulled down a season-high 20 rebounds for the Lutes. Five boards came on the offense end, while the rest were corralled misses from the Loggers. He added eight points, four assists and two steals.
"I have to help on defensive boards," Christy said. "They shoot a lot. They killed us on the boards last time we played, and we had to make sure that didn't happen again tonight.
Andrew Ardissone was effective in every aspect of Tuesday's win. He finished with a career-high 12 points, going two-for-three from deep. The senior grabbed five rebounds, while dishing out a team high six assists.
Kyle Sawtell poured in 10 points off the bench. He hit four shots from the field, including two three's. The senior grabbed four rebounds and had two assists. Tyson Birrer had a big three that was a part of four consecutive three-pointers that put the game out of reach for the Loggers. He pulled down three rebounds and had four assists.
The Lutes can guarantee a spot in the NWC Tournament on Friday with a win against Linfield College in the regular season finale. Tipoff inside Olson Gymnasium is slated for 8 p.m. with the team's five seniors honored in a pregame ceremony.