TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's basketball team was in dire need of a conference win, and it turned to Carlos Mancasola's sharp shooting to move up in the Northwest Conference standings. Mancasola led all players with 19 points as the Loggers topped Pacific Lutheran, 73-58, in Memorial Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.
The Loggers (10-8, 5-4) climb to sole possession of third place in the NWC with the victory. Puget Sound shot 12-for-25 from 3-point range, including five treys by Mancasola. The junior guard went 6-for-9 from the floor, and missed only twice from distance.
A pair of free-throws by King midway through the first half started a 16-0 run that gave the Loggers a 37-20 advantage. The Lutes (11-7, 4-5 NWC), however, stormed back by closing out the first half with a 14-0 run, cutting the Loggers' halftime lead to 37-34.
Puget Sound regained a double-digit lead, 47-37 early in the second half after Lewis converted on an and-one layup. The Loggers connected on three-straight 3-pointers, two by Mancasola and one by Reid, and Mancasola hit two free-throws to grow the Loggers' lead to 59-40 with just over 11 minutes left in the second half.
Puget Sound forced the Lutes into 21 turnovers, and limited its crosstown rival to just 38 percent shooting from the floor.
The Loggers are back at home on Saturday, Jan. 30, to host George Fox at 6 p.m.
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