Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University men's basketball team had its home opener spoiled on Tuesday night as visiting Northwest University made the most of long range shots and second chance points, soaring past the Lutes 78-63 inside Olson Gymnasium.
The Eagles (8-0) shot the ball well all night long, going 30-for-61 from the field. Northwest's separation came from beyond the three point line, hitting nine of its 18 attempts (50 percent) from deep. The Eagles outrebounded the Lutes 39-32, giving Northwest a 21-7 edge in second chance points.
Brandon Lester scored 18 points for the Lutes (2-2), shooting seven-for-15 from the field. He was able to grab four rebounds and dish out three assists as well. Dylan Foreman was the only other starter in double figures for the Lutes. Foreman scored 14 points with three rebounds and four assists.
"We were aggressive and went to the hole in the first half which led to open shots," Lester said. "They played good defense on us in the second half and shut some of those drives down."
Kyle Sawtell supplied a spark off the bench. He had 11 points and two rebounds. Jared Christy led the squad in rebounds, grabbing nine defensive, four offensive for a total of 13. Garth West had a decent night scoring nine points while grabbing seven boards.
PLU shot 41 percent from the field (25-for-61) and went 9-for-25 from three point range. The Lutes weren't their usual self from the free throw line. As a team they went an uncharacteristic four-for-nine.
The PLU Thanksgiving Tournament tips off this Friday. The Lutes play Whittier College on Friday in Olsen Gymnasium at 8 p.m. and face the University of Dallas on Saturday at 4 p.m.
"We play two solid teams this weekend," Lester said. "We're looking to play our game and get two victories and prepare ourselves for conference play that starts in a few weeks."