TACOMA, Washington - Nick Holden recorded his seventh double-double of the season and four Loggers scored in double-digits as the Puget Sound men's basketball team defeated its crosstown rival, Pacific Lutheran, 65-54, on Tuesday night.
Holden finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and his final board came in the last minute of the game. Erin Barber netted 15 points, and both Keith Shattuck and Kohl Meyer scored 11 points. Shattuck added a season-best eight rebounds.
The Lutes (5-12, 3-5 NWC) opened the game with a 9-2 lead, but Puget Sound quickly battled back. With the Loggers trailing 14-13 midway through the first half, Meyers' layup sparked a 10-2 run to give Puget Sound a 23-16 advantage. Holden scored Puget Sound's final five points of the first half and the Loggers took a 30-20 lead into halftime.
Puget Sound maintained its double-digit lead throughout the second half. Halfway through the period, Shattuck hit a 3-pointer and was fouled on the shot. His four-point play gave the Loggers a game-high 18-point lead, 45-27.
Both sides took good care of the ball, as Puget Sound and PLU committed eight and seven turnovers, respectively. However, the Logger defense limited the Lutes to just 34.7 percent shooting from the floor.
Holden's effort on the glass increased his average to 8.8 rebounds per game, good for second in the NWC.
The Loggers continue their conference schedule when they host George Fox on Friday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m.