SAN ANTONIO — Redlands handed No. 12 Puget Sound its first loss of the season at the Trinity National Invitational on Thursday. The Bulldogs shot 61.4 percent from the field and made 11 3-pointers, including seven in an eight-minute stretch late in the second half.
Senior forward Stephen Call, senior forward Mychal Estrada and junior guard Brian Kuklok led the long-range onslaught with a trio of 3-pointers in the Bulldogs’ 90-72 win.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 8 Whitworth 97, Southwestern 63|
|Redlands 90, No. 12 Puget Sound 72|
|18 UW-Stevens Point 72, No. 13 St. Thomas (Minn.) 66|
After facing a one-point deficit on Puget Sound’s first scoring play of the game, the Bulldogs uncorked a 78.9 percent shooting display in the opening half. Redlands held a 23-12 advantage 12 minutes into the game when senior center Jack Colston hit back-to-back free throws.
Puget Sound’s Edric Egberuare dropped in a 3-pointer with five seconds left in the first half, cutting the Bulldogs lead to seven points.
However, Redlands quickly made it a 13-point game when junior forward Josiah Brensdal converted two attempts at the charity stripe with 16:48 remaining in the game.
The Loggers clawed their way back, eventually tying it up six minutes later. A pair of long-range buckets and solid free-throw shooting contributed to the Puget Sound comeback.
The Bulldogs quickly responded to the only knotted tally of the game by lighting up the scoreboard in the ensuing minutes. Beginning with Kuklok’s trey with 10:32 left on the clock, Redlands knocked down seven 3-pointers and two additional baskets to score 23 points in less than eight minutes. During this outburst, Estrada hit his three shots from beyond the arc.
Down the stretch, the Bulldogs took care of business from the free-throw line, going 10-for-12 in the final 2:45 of the game.
Redlands’ Call finished with a game-high 25 points, while Kuklok added 17. Colston and Estrada rounded out the Bulldogs’ double-digit scorers with 13 and 12, respectively.
For Puget Sound (10-1), Derek Jobe hit three 3-points of his own, scoring a team-high 17 points. Anthony Gittens contributed 14 and Riggs Yarbo came off the bench for 13.