Roberts, Loggers beat Pacific at the buzzer

Roberts, Loggers beat Pacific at the buzzer

TACOMA, Washington – With 0.7 seconds left in regulation and the Puget Sound men's basketball team trailing by one, Stellan Roberts took an inbounds pass from John Misel and drilled a 24-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Loggers an 89-87 win over Pacific in Memorial Fieldhouse Friday night.

The Loggers (7-5, 1-2 NWC) took an 82-78 lead with one minute left when Misel hit a layup. The Boxers (4-9, 1-3 NWC) answered back with a 3-pointer, but Puget Sound put the ball in Roberts' hands with the game on the line.

Roberts went one-on-one with his Pacific counterpart and he hit a pull-up jumper in the key to give the Loggers a three-point lead, 84-81. Pacific countered with a quick layup, and then sent Roberts to the line. The Puget Sound connected on both free-throws to make a three-point game, 86-83, and that's where things got really interesting.

To prevent the Boxers from attempting a game-tying 3-pointer, Puget Sound deliberately sent Pacific to the line for two free-throws. The Boxers connected on the first attempt, and intentionally missed the second. Off the miss, Pacific tipped in the rebound while drawing a foul.

The improbable three-point play gave Pacific an 87-86 lead, but it set up Roberts' heroic shot at the buzzer.

Roberts led all players in scoring with 25 points, and Jourdan Joseph poured in 21 off the bench. Cal Hansen came close to a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Puget Sound aims to keep the good momentum going when it hosts Linfield Saturday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m.