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New Hope Christian Defeats PLU Men's Basketball, 80-72

Cameron Schilling
Cameron Schilling

TACOMA - Drew Wiley scored 28 points to lead New Hope Christian to an 80-72 men's basketball win over Pacific Lutheran on Saturday night at the Doug McArthur Classic hosted by the University of Puget Sound.

With the victory, New Hope improves to 1-1, while the loss drops PLU to 0-2 this season.

Wiley was 5-for-8 from beyond the three-point line to help New Hope to 10-for-20 accuracy as a team from distance. Overall, the Deacons shot 59 percent from the field and 84 percent from the foul line.

Cameron Schilling and Drew Earnest both scored 18 points and Kai Hoyt added 10 to lead Pacific Lutheran scoring.

Schilling scored the first basket 14 seconds into the game, but New Hope scored 11 unanswered points as the Lutes missed their next five shots. The Deacons led by as many as 13 points in the opening half, 24-11, when Drew Wiley nailed a three-point shot about 8 1/2 minutes into the period. Eventually, the Deacons took a 44-38 lead at the intermission.

Pacific Lutheran battled back into the game and took its first lead since the opening basket at 62-61 on a three-pointer by Earnest with 6:01 left. After Wiley hit a three for New Hope about 30 seconds later, Earnest nailed another long ball to again put PLU on top, 64-64. That, however, was the Lutes' last lead of the game as New Hope scored 15 of the game's next 18 points.

PLU shot 46 percent from the field (25-for-54) and 50 percent from three-point range (13-for-26), but lost the rebound battle, 31-22.

Tarance Glyn led the Deacons in rebounding with 12 and he also scored 19 points.

The Lutes are back in action at 7 p.m. Wednesday when they play at NCAA Division I Seattle University.

- PLU -