Loggers host Pacific, Linfield for first NWC home games

Photo by Kurt DeVoe.
Photo by Kurt DeVoe.

TACOMA, Washington – The first Northwest Conference home games of the 2019-20 Puget Sound men's basketball season are this weekend when the Loggers host Pacific (Jan. 10) and Linfield (Jan. 11) in Memorial Fieldhouse.

 

 WHO 

 Puget Sound vs. Pacific  

 WHERE 

 Tacoma, Wash. | Memorial Fieldhouse 

 WHEN 

 Friday, Jan. 10 | 8 p.m.

 LIVE

 Stats | Video

 

 WHO 

 Puget Sound vs. Linfield  

 WHERE 

 Tacoma, Wash. | Memorial Fieldhouse 

 WHEN 

 Saturday, Jan. 11 | 6 p.m.

 LIVE

 Stats | Video

 

The Whit test

The Loggers did better than hold their own during what is typically the toughest annual road trip. The Loggers kept pace with Whitman (Jan. 3) for 40 minutes, but Puget Sound narrowly lost to the defending NWC Champions, 89-84. The following day, Puget Sound nearly recovered from 13-point halftime deficit at No. 14 Whitworth (Jan. 4), but the Pirates came away with a 92-80 win. After a sluggish first half at Whitworth, Puget Sound shot 56.3-percent from the floor, and 66.7-percent from 3-point range, in the second half.

 

Approaching a milestone

Puget Sound senior Stellan Roberts is nearing 1,000 points for his Logger career. The Portland, Oregon native needs just 37 points reach the mark. He is poised to become the second Logger in as many years to reach 1,000 points for a career (Jimmy Wohrer '19). Roberts is the NWC's second leading scorer with 20.8 points per game this season.

 

The marvelous Mr. Misel

Logger freshman John Misel began his conference career playing like a veteran. Misel averaged 17.5 points while shooting a perfect 7-for-7 from 3-point range between the games at Whitman and Whitworth (Jan. 3-4). Overall, Misel is averaging 9.7 points and shooting 46.2-percent from beyond the arc this season.

 

What's a sophomore slump?

Cal Hansen, last year's NWC Freshman of the Year, ranks third in the conference for field-goal percentage (58.0-percent). He missed two games earlier this season due to injury, but since his return Hansen is averaging 13.7 points and 5.6 rebounds.

 

Ballin' like Jourdan

Tacoma native Jourdan Joseph made his collegiate debut last week, netting 10 points against both Whitman and Whitworth. He shot 4-for-7 from distance between the two games.

 

Scouting Pacific (4-8, 1-2 NWC)

The Boxers' high-tempo offense generates a conference-best 101.5 points per game. On the flip side, Pacific allows 111.2 points per game – 20 more points than the next NWC defense. The defense forces 25.8 turnovers per game, but allows teams to shoot 59.7-percent from the floor. Marcus Wallace leads the team in scoring with 19.6 points per game.

 

Scouting Linfield (8-3, 2-0 NWC)

The Wildcats began their conference season with a two-point win over Pacific, followed by a 24-point win over George Fox. Linfield's 49.0 field-goal percentage ranks second in the NWC, and its 39.4 3-point percentage is the NWC's best mark. Four players average double digits in scoring, led by Dempsey Roggenbuck's 17.2 points per game.