by Caleb Mathena
Men’s basketball stood their ground in the Fieldhouse Thursday night, defeating the University of Puget Sound Loggers 75-58 in the NWC tournament semifinals.
The game began with a layup from junior Drew Sears to give the Bucs the lead in the first few seconds. Sears would later finish out the night as the team’s leading scorer with 16 total points and four blocks.
In what turned out to be an offensively explosive game, all five starters for the Pirates scored in the double-digits. Junior Christian Jurlina went 8-8 from the free throw line, secured nine rebounds, and scored a total of 13 points altogether. Junior Kenny Love finished the night with 12 points and five rebounds.
The Pirates will host Pacific Lutheran this Saturday at 7 p.m. for the conference championship game.