TACOMA, Wash. – Anthony Gittens had a monstrous first half to lead the Puget Sound men's basketball team to a 76-74 win over Lewis & Clark on Saturday. Gittens scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half and hauled in 11 first-half rebounds.
Gittens stat line in the first half was enough to fill a game. He had 17 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots after the first 20 minutes to boost the Loggers (13-4, 5-3 NWC) to a 46-35 halftime advantage. The Pioneers (9-8, 4-4 NWC) double and triple teamed Gittens in the second half to limit his production. He still finished with a team-high 19 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks.
The Loggers tallied seven blocks as a team and held the Pios to 35.6 percent shooting in the game.
A strong first half rolled into the second half and the Loggers had a lead that reached 16 points with seven minutes to go. Over the middle of the half, the Logger defense also held the Pios over 11 minutes without a field goal. With 5:05 left, Scott Pisapia drained his only shot attempt of the game behind the three-point line to cut the lead to 67-54 and spark a 21-7 run to end the game.
As the Pios continued to fight back behind 12 second half points from James Hollins, big shots from Kaleb Shelton-Johnson and Riggs Yarbro kept the Loggers in front. Yarbro score eight of his 12 points in the second half while Shelton-Johnson had nine points in the final 20 minutes to finish with 18.
The Pios cut the lead as close as two at 74-72, but Shelton-Johnson iced the game with a pair of free throws with six seconds left.
The Loggers will stay at home next week, starting with an 8 p.m. matchup with Willamette.