TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's basketball team nearly let a late lead slip away entirely, but the Puget Sound men's basketball team outlasted Willamette, 83-79, in Memorial Fieldhouse Friday night.
Easton Driessen's free-throw with 9:45 on the clock in the second half gave the Loggers (13-6, 6-5 NWC) a 13-point lead, 59-46. However, Willamette (9-12, 4-8 NWC) battled back to tie the game, 63-63, with 5:24 on the clock.
The Bearcats took a brief one-point lead, but Walker Shibley-Styer knocked down a trey to give Puget Sound a 66-64 edge with 4:47 left to play. The teams were tied once again, 71-71, with just three minutes left in regulation, and one minute later Willamette took a 72-71-lead.
Once again, Shibley-Styer answered the call with a 3-point that put the Loggers up two points, 74-72. Puget Sound's defense forced a couple of late turnovers, and the Loggers shot 9-for-10 from the free-throw line in the last 42 seconds of the game.
Jimmy Wohrer led all players with 22 points, and he remains the Northwest Conference's leading scorer by averaging 22.4 points per game. Stellan Roberts added 11 points in the winning effort, extending his double-digit scoring streak to five games.
Puget Sound remains at home to take on George Fox Saturday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m.