No. 16 Loggers Outlast Whitman, Remain Undefeated In NWC
TACOMA, Wash. – A double-double from Kaleb Shelton-Johnson and 19 points from Rex Holmes led the 16th-ranked Puget Sound men's basketball team to a 68-63 win over Whitman on Friday night. The Loggers (11-1, 3-0 NWC) surpassed their win total from last season with the win and remained in a tie for first place with Whitworth.
Shelton-Johnson paced the Loggers effort with seven of his 12 rebounds coming on the offensive end. Holmes was 7-of-8 from the free throw line and hit a pair of big three-pointers on 2-of-4 shooting on three-point tries.
Anthony Gittens was just short of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. He was 4-of-6 on the night as he found his way to the rim for three dunks in the contest.
David Michaels paced the Missionaries (8-4, 1-2 NWC) effort with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Laquam Thompson scored 15 points.
The game was a 40-minute battle as the lead changed hands four times and was tied nine different time. Neither team could build a double digit with the Loggers largest lead being nine points early in the second half.
The Loggers shot 46 percent in the contest and 50 percent beyond the arc while they were able to hold Whitman to 32.9 percent shooting and 26.9 percent in three-point attempts.
The Loggers' win sets up a matchup of two nationally-ranked teams tomorrow in Memorial Fieldhouse. Both teams are also 3-0 in conference. The Loggers will host No. 11 Whitworth at 6 p.m.