Men's basketball hosts Willamette, Lewis & Clark this weekend

Men's basketball hosts Willamette, Lewis & Clark this weekend

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's basketball team looks to even up its Northwest Conference record when it hosts Willamette (Jan. 11) and Lewis & Clark (Jan. 12) this weekend.

 

 WHO   Puget Sound vs. Willamette 
 WHEN   Jan. 11, 2019 | 8 p.m.
 WHERE   Memorial Fieldhouse | Tacoma, Wash. 
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

WHO   Puget Sound vs. Lewis & Clark 
 WHEN   Jan. 12, 2019 | 6 p.m.
 WHERE   Memorial Fieldhouse | Tacoma, Wash. 
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

The first four

The Loggers are 1-3 through their first conference games, with the lone win coming at Pacific, 101-93 (Jan. 5). The Loggers could easily be 2-2 in the NWC, were it not for a heartbreaking overtime loss at George Fox (Dec. 1). 

 

Sharpshooters

Puget Sound continues to lead the NWC in 3-point efficiency by connecting on 42.2 percent of its attempts from distance. Gabriel Chaikin ranks third in the NWC with a 51.7 3-point percentage, and he's averaging 2.4 made treys per game. Jimmy Wohrer ranks second in the NWC for 3-pointers made per game (3.8).

 

Needing stops

Despite their efficiency on offense, the Loggers need to improve on defense. Puget Sound is allowing 89.5 points per game while opponents shoot 50 percent from the floor. Both of those marks are second-to-last in the NWC, trailing on Pacific in both categories.

 

Multitasking

Stellan Roberts is one of only four NWC players ranking top seven in both assists and rebounds in the conference. His 4.2 assists per game is tied for third, and his 6.4 rebounds per game is seventh. Roberts also ranks 12th in scoring (14.8).

 

Hansen with handsome stats

Freshman Cal Hansen was named the Logger of the Week for the first time in his collegiate career following the Loggers' road games at Pacific and Linfield. He averaged 23 points, 12.5 rebounds, and shot 77 percent from the floor between the two Northwest Conference road games. Hansen is the Northwest Conference's third-leading rebounder, averaging 8.5 boards per game. His 61.9 field-goal percentage ranks second in the NWC.

 

Scouting Willamette (3-10, 1-4 NWC)

The Bearcats recently snapped a three-game winning streak with a 113-98 win at Pacific (Jan. 8). Jordan Jenkins is one the most dynamic players in the NWC, as he ranks sixth in scoring (18.5), second in rebounding (9.2), and tied in for third in assists (4.2). Willamette averages the second-most turnovers in the NWC (17.7), and the 84.8 points allowed per game is the third-highest mark in the conference.

 

Scouting Lewis & Clark (4-9, 0-4 NWC)

The Pioneers enter the weekend with four losses in their last five games, with the lone win coming at Cal Lutheran during that stretch. Lewis & Clark plays in Parkland, Washington at Pacific Lutheran Friday night (Jan. 11) before coming to Tacoma. The Pioneers have the second-lowest scoring average in the NWC (73.1), and their 43.7 field-goal percentage ranks last. Four players average double-digits in scoring, led by Kyle Owens with 12.4 points per game.