TACOMA, Washington – Nick Holden recorded his first double-double of the season while Erin Barber and Keith Shattuck both scored in double figures as the Puget Sound men's basketball team beat Cal Lutheran, 63-52, in the Surf's Up Classic finale in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Saturday afternoon.
Despite shooting 2-for-12 from the floor, Holden hit 10 of 11 free-throws to finish with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Barber also chipped in with 14 points, and Shattuck added 12.
"Cal Lutheran is a very good team, and our guys did a great job of executing our game plan," said Puget Sound head coach Justin Lunt. "Today was our best defensive performance so far this season. We also did a great job of attacking the rim, which led to 31 free-throw attempts."
The Loggers (3-2) connected on 23 of those 31 attempts (74.2 percent). Defensively, Puget Sound held CLU to just 35.6 percent from the floor and 25 percent from 3-point range. The Loggers bounced back from a subpar 3-point performance on Friday and hit 50 percent (6-for-12) of their 3-point shots on Saturday.
Puget Sound held a 28-27 lead at halftime, but a 3-pointer by Dan Wade two minutes into the second half gave CLU a 32-30 edge. Wade connected again from behind the arc to increase CLU's lead to 37-30 with 14:25 on the clock.
The Loggers cut the deficit to 43-37 before a 3 –pointer by Matt Reid, two free-throws by Holden, and a three-point play by Barber gave Puget Sound a 45-43 lead with just under 6:30 left in the second half.
Barber went 1-for-2 from the charity strip with 5:30 left, but the free point sparked an 11-1 run for Puget Sound that was capped off by a Shattuck 3-pointer with 2:14 left. The Loggers hit five free-throws in the final minute of regulation to seal the win.
The Loggers return home on Friday, Dec. 5, when they host UC-Santa Cruz for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
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