PORTLAND, Oregon – The Puget Sound men's basketball team dropped a midweek battle at Portland Bible on Tuesday night, 79-77. Erin Barber led the Loggers (4-3) in scoring with 23 points, including 5-for-9 shooting from behind the arc. Nick Holden nearly recorded a double-double after he finished with 21 points and eight rebounds.
The Wildcats led for the final 16:30 of the first half, and carried a 38-31 advantage into halftime. Despite connecting on just nine of 26 shot attempts from the field in the first half (34.6 percent), Puget Sound was effective in getting to the free-throw line. The Loggers shot 10-for-12 from charity stripe in the first half, and Portland Bible managed to get to the line just four times (the Wildcats made all four attempts). Nick Holden led the Loggers with nine points and five rebounds in the opening frame.
Portland Bible increased its lead to a game-high 16 points when Mozeek Waggener's layup 4:30 into the second half gave the Wildcats a 54-38 edge. However, the Loggers battled back and a 3-pointer by Barber cut Puget Sound's deficit to 55-47 with 12:44 on the clock. At steal and layup by Kohl Meyer then brought the Loggers to within six points at 55-49.
The Wildcats briefly claimed a 57-49 edge, but the Loggers used a 7-0 run to make it a one-point game at 57-56 with 10:20 to go. Barber hit a 3-pointer and a layup during the run, and James Osorio scored the other two points during the stretch.
Osorio's jumper with 6:37 to go gave the Loggers their first lead since the first few minutes of the game, 64-63. Holden's layup increased the lead to 66-63, but Portland Bible went on a 10-0 run over the next four minutes to secure the win.
"Portland Bible played a great game," said Puget Sound head coach Justin Lunt. "I think we showed tremendous resiliency in being able to come back in the second half, but it just wasn't enough to get the win tonight."
Puget Sound returns to the hardwood when it hosts Northwest Indian for a 6 p.m. tipoff on Dec. 19.
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