Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University men's basketball team trailed by three at the half but outscored Evergreen State College by 11 in the second half to pick up the 71-63 victory on Saturday to close out the Doug MacArthur Classic inside Memorial Gymnasium.
PLU (2-1) tied the game at 40 with 16:25 left. From there the Lutes would go on a 9-0 run, fueled by five points from Brandon Lester. The run gave PLU a 49-40 lead with 12:53 to go. The Geoducks (0-3) fought back to come within three at 64-61 with 1:17 left but Jared Christy answered with a three pointer to put the game away for the Lutes.
For the second consecutive day, four PLU starters scored in double figures. Christy was knocking down three's with ease. He scored 18 points going four-for-six from long range and grabbed nine rebounds. Christy set up his teammates well, dishing out five assists.
"The coaches are always on me to stay aggressive offensively," Christy said. "The shots were falling tonight. We always move the ball well so it opens up lanes for different people to produce each night."
Brandon Lester led the way with 19 points, going eight-for-eight from the free throw line. Lester had three rebounds and two assists.
Dylan Foreman had a nice day for the Lutes. Foreman scored 12 points, and grabbed nine rebounds. Garth West scored 10 points. Josh Baird provided a nice spark off the bench going three-for-three from the field scoring six points.
The game featured five ties and 11 lead changes. PLU never missed a free throw. The team was 20-for-20, including a 16-for-16 second half performance.
PLU opens its home slate on Tuesday, hosting Northwest University in a non-conference game. Tipoff inside Olson Gymnasium is 7:30 p.m.