TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound men's basketball team took a lead into the locker room at halftime but fell 75-58 on Saturday to UT-Dallas. The Loggers (1-1) led by five at the half before the Comets (2-0) made a strong second half run to come away with the win.
Carter Nash led the Comet comeback as he scored 14 of his game-high 23 points in the second half. He finished with a double-double of 23 points and 14 boards and was named the MVP of the Doug McArthur Classic.
The Comets jumped out to an early lead and led by as many as nine early in the first half. The Loggers quick tempo eventually gained momentum as a three-pointer from Erin Barber tied the game up at 29-29. The three was part of an 11-0 that ended with the Loggers having a five-point advantage.
The Loggers held the Comets without a field goal for the final five minutes of the first half to key the lengthy run.
UT-Dallas came out determined in the second half and quickly knocked the deficit down to one point. The teams traded buckets for a few minutes before a jumper from Chris McOmber took the 47-46 lead back in the Comets favor. The Comets never looked back as they led the rest of the way.
The Loggers couldn't find the rhythm from behind the three-point arc as they were just 2-of-14 on the night and without a three-point field goal in the second half.
The Loggers are back on the court next weekend when they head to Pacific Lutheran for a Thanksgiving tournament. The Loggers start off with Eastern Oregon at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Doug McArthur Classic All-Tournament Team
MVP: Carter Nash, MVP
Dan Cheledinas, Puget Sound
Drew Wiley, New Hope
Tarance Glyn, New Hope
Andrew Earnest, Pacific Lutheran