Hepp's jumper rescues WU at UPS

TACOMA, Wash. - The Puget Sound Loggers overcame a slow start to in which they missed 15 of their first 16 shots to force the league-leading Bearcats of Willamette to rally for a 61-58 victory Friday night.

After trailing 20-3 to start the game, the Loggers pulled to within four points at half 26-22 and took their first lead of the contest at 18:51 to go on a Matt Glynn bucket for a 27-26 advantage. Glynn scored nine points in four minutes as the Loggers expanded their lead to 38-31 with 13:33 left.

The Bearcats then went inside as Marques Johnson paced the comeback and the Bearcats tied the contest 47-47 with 6:13 to go.

The teams had seven lead changes in the final three minutes and the score was tied 58-58 with 12.7 seconds remaining after Glynn hit a pair of free throws.

On the Bearcats final opportunity, Ryan Hepp hit the jumper in the lane for a 60-58 lead and the Loggers were whistled for a technical foul after calling for a timeout they did not have. Miles Sandgathe nailed one of the two free throws and a desperation shot by Mario Mendoza for the Loggers fell short.

The loss was the first at home for the Loggers this season who are 9-9 overall and 4-5 in the Northwest Conference.

The Bearcats, now 13-4 and 7-2, had a trio in double figures led by Johnson with 21, Hepp with 18 and Sandgathe with 11 points.