TACOMA, Washington – Three Loggers scored in double figures as the Puget Sound men's basketball team held on for a 63-61 win over Luther College in the first day of the Surf's Up Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Friday evening.
Nick Holden led the Loggers (2-2) with 16 points, including a pair of clutch free throws down the stretch. Keith Shattuck netted 13 points, and Erin Barber shot 3-for-4 from behind the arc en route to 11 points.
"We did a great job of persevering through a lot of adversity throughout the game," said Puget Sound head coach Justin Lunt. "Our guys really battled and played very hard for each other. I'm very proud of our team."
The Loggers overcame a poor shooting performance from long range, as Puget Sound connected on 17.6 percent (3-for-17) of its 3-point attempts. However, the Loggers dominated around the rim by outscoring Luther, 28-8, in points in the paint. Puget Sound also won the rebound battle, 42-31.
The Loggers held a narrow 34-33 lead at halftime as Shattuck shot 4-for-4 for 10 points in the opening period.
Luther battled back to claim a 47-41 lead with less than 12 minutes left in the second half, but a 3-pointer by Barber evened the score, 53-53, with 9:17 on the clock.
A pair of Barber free-throws gave Loggers their first lead since halftime, 59-58, with just over six minutes to go. Both sides exchanged several possessions without scoring until James Osorio's jumper with 3:46 on the clock cushioned Puget Sound's lead to 61-58.
A free-throw by Luther cut the Logger lead to 61-59, but Holden connected on two attempts from the charity stripe to push the lead to 63-59 with less than 90 seconds left as Puget Sound yielded only one more basket to hold on for the win.
The Loggers conclude the Surf's Up Classic on Saturday, Nov. 29, with a 3 p.m. (PT) tipoff against Cal Lutheran.
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