Panthers dominate Bulldogs 84-59

The men's basketball team beat the University of Redlands 84-59 Feb. 13. Photo by Lexi Smiertka

The men’s basketball team beat the University of Redlands 84-59 Feb. 13. Photo by Lexi Smiertka

The men’s basketball team continued its winning ways this Saturday after beating third-place University of Redlands 84-59. The Panthers (16-5, 10-3) hosted the Bulldogs (11-11, 7-6) at the Hutton Sports Center and started off strong, setting the tone early.

“It is really important for us to play well right now. We definitely played well today,” said sophomore guard Rob Nelsen. “Our defense looked great and there was a really good flow to our offense, so we were able to move the ball around and get everyone involved. If we can build momentum off of today, we should do well in our remaining games and be successful come playoffs.”

The Panthers dominated the game in various aspects. The Panthers had 17 assists throughout the game, compared to the Bulldogs’ eight. The Panthers also had 41 rebounds during the game while the Bulldogs only had 28.

The Panthers were also able to spread the scoring load between guards, with Nelsen, junior Luke Hamlin, freshman Cam Haslam and sophomore Tyler Green all finishing with double-digit points.

The Panthers set themselves apart with their efficient scoring, making made 54.4 percent of their shots compared to the Bulldogs, who made 40.4 percent. Furthermore, the Panthers made 48 percent of their 3-point shots while the Bulldogs only made 31.6 percent.

Nelsen helped the Panthers to victory with a balanced game. Over 26 minutes, Nelsen led the team with 18 points, making six of his 12 shots from the field, including three 3-point shots. Nelsen also provided four assists and seven rebounds.

“We did a great job with our defensive pressure and rebounding,” Hamlin said. “In games we play well offensively, we let our defensive do the talking.”

The Panthers host California Lutheran University (9-11, 5-8) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., as they will look to secure the first seed in the conference going into the playoffs.

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