TACOMA, Washington – Kohl Meyer scored a career-high 21 points and Nick Holden recorded his eighth double-double of the season as the Puget Sound men's basketball team fell to George Fox, 79-76, on Friday night.
Meyer was 9-for-12 from the field with 16 of his 21 points coming in the second half. Holden was 3-for-9 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free throw line; good for 10 points while also recording 11 rebounds. Erin Barber scored in the double-digits as well for the Loggers with 18 points and a team leading seven defensive rebounds.
The Loggers (9-8, 4-5 NWC) opened the game by taking out a 6-0 lead in the first minute and a half that included two layups from JJ Pavia.
Through the half, the Loggers were able to hold a small lead on the Bruins (5-13, 3-6 NWC) until the 8:06 mark in the half when the Bruins tied the game at 26 apiece.
The Bruins used a 19-5 run late in the first half that included six 3-pointers to take a 51-36 lead. Meyer ended the half on a last second layup but George Fox carried a 51-39 lead into halftime.
Puget Sound started the second half by going on a 20-4 run that was capped off by two 3-pointers from Meyer to retake the lead, 61-60.
George Fox then went on a 9-1 run to regain the lead, 69-62, with 6:52 remaining in the half.
Down the stretch, the Loggers were able to come back and stick with the Bruins, not letting them have more than a five-point lead. With one minute left, the Loggers cut that lead to just two points, 78-76, on a layup from Meyer.
George Fox upped its lead by one, 79-76, with eight seconds remaining on a made free throw by Jonny Howard.
In the Loggers final possession, Barber was able to get off a 3-point attempt that would have tied the game but instead it missed off the left side of the rim as time expired.
Despite the loss, the Loggers shot 51.9 percent (27-for-52) from the floor, which is the same as the last time they faced the Bruins. The Bruins shot 51.8 percent (29-for-56) from the floor on the night. Puget Sound bested George Fox in rebounds (30-27).
Puget Sound looks ahead as it travels to face crosstown rival Pacific Lutheran on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 8pm.