Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University men's basketball team had crosstown rival University of Puget Sound against the ropes after 20 minutes of play before running out of gas in the second half as the Lutes succumbed 84-70 to the Loggers on Tuesday night in a Northwest Conference battle inside Olson Gymnasium.
"Our guys came out and competed hard and did a nice job defensively," said Head Coach Chad Murray. "We were able to limit our turnovers and we shot it well from three-point range. The second half we fatigued and just couldn't sustain the level of intensity you need to finish the job against a good team."
The Lutes (4-19, 1-14 NWC) trailed 24-18 to the Loggers (17-6, 10-5 NWC) with 8:38 remaining in the first half before a Leighton Kingma layup sparked an eight-point run that gave the Lutes a two-point lead. With 2:59 left in the half, the game was tied at 40. PLU closed out the half with an 11-2 run, enjoying a 51-42 lead at the halftime break as PLU hit six of its 10 three-pointers.
In the second half, the Loggers shot 20 percent better from three-point range, a number PLU couldn't match. Austin Remus drained a three with 13:27 left in the game, giving Puget Sound a 58-55 advantage. The Loggers would play with the lead the rest of the way, closing the game on a 23-11 run.
Every Lute that saw time on the floor scored a basket in Tuesday's contest. Zab Webb led the way with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The big fella added four assists to his final stat line. Dylan Foreman added 10 points, hitting a pair of three-point baskets while hauling in a team-high 12 boards in his final game inside Olson Gymnasium. Kingma added eight points, three rebounds and an assist. Markus Glenn added eight points of his own, going two-for-three from three-point range.
The PLU bench had one of its best nights of the season, scoring 29 points. Jack Adams III and Kyle James led the way with seven each. Sean McLaughlin had six points, sinking all four of his free-throws. The Everett College transfer had five rebounds and assists.
"This was a great learning experience for our younger players as we look to improve this offseason. We have to go a little deeper into our bench for a game like this and those guys were able to provide a nice punch in the scoring department for us."
The final contest of the season happens on Friday when the Lutes travel to Pacific University for a game at 8 p.m.