FOREST GROVE, Oregon – Freshman Cal Hansen could not be contained as he led the Puget Sound men's basketball team to a 101-93 win at Pacific Friday night.
Hansen led all players in scoring with 26 points, and he pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds. Hansen shot 11-for-12 for the floor, and 4-for-6 from the charity stripe. His 26 points are a season-high, and he came away one rebound shy of matching he season-best total (17 at George Fox, Dec. 1). Friday night marked his second double-double of the season.
The Boxers (6-6, 0-3 NWC) were poised to take a respectable lead into halftime, but a layup by Hansen, followed by a defensive stop and a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Max Basile cut the Loggers' (5-7, 1-2 NWC) deficit to 49-48 at the break.
Pacific built its lead to seven points, 61-54, less than five minutes to the second half. From that score, however, a layup by Walker Shibley-Styer began the Loggers' comeback run. A 3-pointer by Jimmy Wohrer cut the deficit to 61-59 with 13:56 on the clock, and Puget Sound finally evened the score, 66-66, thanks to a Jewell Day free-throw with 11:46 left in regulation.
A Hansen jumper with 10:27 to play gave Puget Sound a 70-68 edge, and the Loggers did not let Pacific regain the lead for the rest of the game. The Boxers got to within one point, 79-78, but Day made big plays on both ends of the court. His two free-throws cushioned the lead to 81-78, and soon thereafter Day blocked a shot and then hit a layup on the other end.
Day finished with 13 points and five rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench. Jimmy Wohrer scored 16 points for the Loggers, while Max Basile (11 points) and Stellan Roberts (12 points) also scored in double figures.
Puget Sound remains on the road to take on Linfield Saturday, Jan. 5, at 6 p.m.