Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
NEWBERG, Ore. – With five seconds left, Zac Webb hit the game tying, and winning free-throws for the Pacific Lutheran University men's basketball team as they picked up a huge Northwest Conference win over host George Fox University 91-90 on Saturday night.
Webb's free-throws proved to be vital, but the team entire shot well from the free-throw line. The Lutes (4-8, 1-3 NWC) went 83.3 percent (15-18) from the stripe. The Lutes shot a season-high 38.7 percent from three point range. Three of the Lutes five starters scored at least 19 points. The offense attack was balanced, as the team scored 45 and 46 points in each half.
"So proud of our guys for their overall toughness in responding to George Fox coming at us down the stretch with everything they had," Head Coach Chad Murray said. "For the most part we stuck to our game plan and guys played within themselves and stuck together. You need wins sometimes to validate messages we send to the team and this is a great opportunity for our young team to validate that in order for us to be successful we need to support each other and play the right way. Tonight we were able to do that for longer periods of time than in the recent past and the result proves that."
Dylan Foreman lead the Lutes with 21 points. Leighton Kingma scored 20, going six-for-11 from three-point range. Markus Glenn scored a career-high 19 points. Glenn knocked down down four threes while going seven-for-16. Webb scored eight points, including a perfect effort from the free-throw lines.
"Leighton had a tough night from 3 vs Linfield. But tonight he shook it off and did his thing hitting 5," Murray said. "Markus got hot a few times throughout and then Dylan Foreman was fantastic. A true senior effort. Great leadership and an equally great performance. Kelton also did a nice job overall of handling their pressure and getting us up the floor to attack."
After a great win at the expense of George Fox (5-8, 1-3 NWC), the Lutes return to action next weekend as they host Willamette University and Lewis & Clark College on Friday and Saturday.