Shepherd tallies seven blocks, seven boards in loss to Calvin

Photo by Caleb Flegel.
Photo by Caleb Flegel.

SPOKANE, Washington – It had been 26 days since its last game, and the Puget Sound men's basketball team had a difficult time shaking off the rust. The Loggers lost to Calvin, 93-84, in the first day of the Whitworth Men's Classic Presented by Quality Inn Oakwood on Friday night.

The Loggers (6-3) shot 36.7 percent from the floor (33-for-90), 23.9 percent from 3-point range (11-for-46), and 50 percent from the free-throw line (7-for-14). The loss stands as Puget Sound's worst night from both the charity stripe and 3-point range this season, and the Loggers' second-worst shooting game from the field.

Jimmy Wohrer led the Loggers in scoring with 17 points, while Nate Vieira and Zion Shepherd both added 11. Shepherd also recorded seven rebounds and seven blocks.

Despite the inconsistent shooting, the Loggers managed to enter halftime with a 52-50 lead. Calvin (4-6) led by as much as 31-20 midway through the first half, but Puget Sound battled back for the two-point lead at the break. A blocked shot by Shepherd quickly turned into a layup by Wohrer, cutting the Loggers' deficit to 48-44 with 2:09 to play in the first half.

Following a Knights bucket, Anthony Rumasuglia hit a trey to make it a 50-47 game. Vieira hit a pair of free-throws to cut Calvin's lead to one point, and Walker Shibley-Styer's 3-pointer as time expired gave Puget Sound the 52-50 edge. 

Puget Sound connected on just two of 22 attempts from beyond the arc in the second half.

The Loggers were not lacking on the defensive end, as they forced the Knights 29 turnovers.

Puget Sound tips off against Wisconsin-Stout in Spokane, Washington, Saturday, Dec. 30, at 4 p.m.

 

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