Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
TACOMA, Wash. - Leighton Kingma was deadly from beyond the arc as the sophomore's 28 points led the Pacific Lutheran University men's basketball team to a 92-80 win over Northwest Indian College in Olson Gymnasium on Wednesday night to open the 2017-2018 season.
New to PLU, Kingma made an outstanding first impression. He made eight of his nine three-point attempts. Kingma was a three-pointer away from tying the single game program record of nine set by Erik Peterson on Dec. 30, 1995 against Mesa State University. Kingma added seven rebounds, two steals and a block to his stat line.
"My teammates were doing a good job of drawing defenders in," Kingma said. "They didn't have a chance to scout us either. I was open a lot. I know that won't be the case during the rest of the season, but my teammates did a great job of getting me the extra pass and finding me for the open shot."
Markus Glenn had a solid night shooting the ball. The senior hit six of his 11 attempts, going two-for-five from three-point range, finishing the night with 14 points. Josh Baird provided a spark offensively off the bench for the Lutes (1-0). Baird had 11 points, adding four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Zac Webb had a career night, accumulating his first double-double as a Lute. Webb scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Sean McLaughlin was another glass-eater for the Lutes, pulling down nine boards.
PLU had a nice night shooting the ball, making 47.1 percent from the field. The Lutes outrebounded the Eagles (0-6) 47-38 while dishing out more assists as a team, serving up 17 to NWIC's 12. Even with the win, head coach Chad Murray noticed mistakes that can't be made the rest of the season.
"Our lack of experience showed tonight," Murray said. "It's nice to be able to learn from mistakes while still winning. We need to be able to take what we see on film, apply it to the next game and try not to make the same mistakes twice. We are where we are. As long as we continue to take baby steps forwards, that's all we're asking for."
PLU's season continues on Tuesday, traveling to face in-state rival Northwest University. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.