There are times when guard Kohl Meyer gets so out of control, all coach Justin Lunt can do is grit his teeth and stare down the University of Puget Sound men’s basketball bench in dismay.
Then there are the moments when Meyer, a sophomore from San Diego, plays like the best athlete on the floor. And Lunt is happy to ride his spurts of greatness.
Fighting a slow start against a defensive-oriented Pacific Lutheran squad gaining confidence with each passing minute, Meyer put the Loggers at ease.
UPS gained control late in the first half and beat the Lutes, 65-54, at Memorial Fieldhouse in Tacoma.
It was the Loggers’ fourth win in a row over PLU.
Meyer scored all of his nine first-half points in a 51/2-minute span, flipping the scoreboard immediately.
“Coach Lunt tells me when I come off the bench to score … and bring energy,” Meyer said.
The Lutes got off to a hot start, making four of their first five field-goal attempts in grabbing a 12-5 lead just 5:20 into the game.
Meyer got going in the running game. Keith Shattuck fed him off a PLU turnover, and the guard got to the bucket for an easy basket and three-point play at the 11:47 mark.
And he just kept attacking off screens, scoring seven points during a crucial 12-2 run.
“We stayed the course and kept plugging away,” Lunt said. “It was probably one of our better defensive performances tonight, all across the board.”
Two Meyer free throws gave the Loggers a 20-16 lead with 6:12 remaining in the first half, and Shattuck followed with a long 3-pointer 71 seconds later.
Nick Holden led UPS (9-7, 4-4 in NWC) with 16 points. Erin Barber added 15, and Meyer finished with 12.
Brandon Lester tallied 16 points for the Lutes (5-12, 3-5), including four 3-pointers.