Tacoma, Washington – In a game that lasted until the last second after 13 lead changes on Wednesday, the Gustavus men’s basketball team lost 77-76 in a non-conference contest held at the University of Puget Sound. The Gusties have him down 4-6 overall and the Roggers move to his 7-3.
After being trailed by one with 12 seconds left in the game after a timeout, Gustavus removed a jumper in the paint with 6 seconds left. Recently transferred Wyatt Olson (yes, St. Peter) from Bemidji province grabbed an offensive rebound and missed his final second shot after a controversial final moment. There were big goals for both teams before the hectic final seconds.
The Loggers had a 16-2 run early in the first half to take their biggest lead at 25-13 with 11:59 left in the first half. Gusties quickly answered with a 16-3 run and he cut the deficit to 1 and in the opening frame he went ahead with 7:18. A 2:17 jumper in the half from Evan Weaker (Jr., St. Michael) gave the Gusties their first lead at 36-35 in his 14th minute. The lead changed four more times, with Olson making a second-chance layup to end the first game, giving the Gasties a 43–40 advantage at the half.
Spencer Swanson (So. Waconia) scored 10 in the first three minutes of the second to extend the lead to 54-42. Loggers responded quickly and scored 10 consecutive points, eventually giving him a 60-59 lead in 8:33. The lead changed four more times with free throws with 29 seconds left to give the Loggers the final advantage at his 77-76.
For the seventh time in 10 games, Swanson led the Gusties with 20 points on 8-of-19 shooting from the field. Swanson also recorded a game-high 12 his rebounds in his fourth double-double of the season. Playing in his first game against Gustavus and scoring 13 minutes off the bench, Olsson scored 12 points and had seven rebounds. Adam Biewen (Jr. Golden Valley) added 11 points and 9 rebounds, and Jake Guse (Sr. Waseca) had 10 points and 6 boards.
Both teams shot 42.6 percent from the floor and the Gusties rebounded the Loggers 47-37. Gustav scored his 15 offensive rebounds and 20-second chances to score his points.
Gustavus will wrap up his trip to Washington with another game against Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma on Friday. Tip-off is scheduled for 5pm CST.