Boxers fail in Tacoma against UPS

TACOMA, Wash.- The University of the Pacific men’s basketball team lost a road game Friday night 76-65 in Tacoma. The Boxers tried to mount a comeback streak throughout the game, but they would run out of time for their final effort.

Pacific (5-11, 1-6 NWC) was led by Lucas Winker (Freshman / Portland, OR) and Jacob Bolger (Junior/Portland, OR) who each contributed 13 points. Winkler had an effective long-range night converting all three of his attempts while leading the team with six rebounds and six assists.

Puget Sound (8-9, 3-5 NWC) was able to shoot the ball extremely well from deep 9-16 (56.3%) on the night. Paul Johnson led the way for the home side with 22 points in 35 minutes of action.

How did it happen

The Boxers got off to a slow start to open the game turning it around on three of their first four possessions. The Boxers began to settle on the offensive end with a layup and three runs on back-to-back offensive possessions both coming from Jared Cattell (Senior/Bremerton, WA). After the first media timeout, the Loggers were able to follow up with a 9-0 which lasted 2h23 before Ethan Chung (Junior/San Ramon, CA) was able to navigate traffic in the lane and convert a layup. The Loggers forced a timeout for Boxer with 10 minutes left in the first half after three straight three-point shots. mario mora (Senior/Bend, OR) managed to knock down his first-half field goal from three points, ending a 1-10 long-range drought. The Boxers were able to go 14-2, forcing five turnovers in Puget Sound in an effort to close the first half strong. As the teams headed to the locker room, the Boxers trailed 45-33. The Loggers’ 12-point lead was down to 8-11 (72.7%) shooting from long range. The Boxers were able to beat the Loggers 22-10 on points in the paint in the first half.

The Loggers opened the second half by extending the lead to 53-37 before the Under-16 media timeout. The Loggers achieved this through their defense forcing the Boxers to open the half by going 2-9 from the floor. The Boxers managed to cut the deficit to single digits, 56-47, following a Bolger steal and layup with 12:36 remaining in the half. Winkler wouldn’t let the Boxers take the lead by knocking down a pair of three-pointers on the way to the 3-3 shot on the night from long range. A Cattell free throw with 3:13 remaining would put the Boxers down seven. The Loggers were scoreless for 2:58 before converting three free throws with 1:53 remaining in the contest. Cattell would convert a long-range shot with 32.5 seconds remaining for the score at 74-65. The Loggers would convert two free throws on their way to the 76-65 win.

In numbers

  • The Boxers outpointed the Loggers 36-26 in the paint.
  • Pacific has recorded 7 players with double-digit minutes

Following

The Boxers will look to close out the first half of conference play strong Saturday night against Willamette with a whistleblower scheduled for 6 p.m. inside the Stoller Center in Forest Grove.

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