PHOTO GALLERY: Saints Streak Past Lutes
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In a game highlighted by big runs for both sides, Ryan Rogers scored 22 points to lead Saint Martin’s to a 74-64 win over Pacific Lutheran in non-conference action in Parkland.
The Saints opened up a 9-0 lead at the 16:26 mark but PLU quickly answered with a 17-2 run over the next 8 1/2 minutes that gave the Lutes their largest lead of the game at 17-11. Evan Coulter’s fastbreak layup with 1:28 left in the half capped off an 18-5 run that saw the Saints open up a 29-22 lead. But again, the Lutes answered with a seven point run to tie the game at 29 with nine seconds left in the first half. Coulter promptly raced up court and calmly buried a three pointer to give the Saints a three point halftime lead, 32-29.
The Saints started the second half on yet another run, outscoring the Lutes 13-3 over the first 6 1/2 minutes and took a 45-32 lead on a Rogers layup with 14:30 to play. But PLU buckled down and went on a 17-6 run and were down just two, 51-49, at the 9:13 mark. Issac Bianchini drained a three with 5:52 to play to give the Saints another nine point lead but PLU again chipped it down to three points with four minutes left. It was the closest the Lutes would get and Saint Martin’s finished on a final 14-4 run that gave the them the 74-64 win.
Coulter scored 19 points on the night and pulled down seven rebounds and in addition to his 22 points, Rogers led the Saints with nine boards. Bianchini added 10 points in the win.