SALEM, Oregon – Nick Holden scored 14 points and had a career-high 18 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the year but the Puget Sound men's basketball team fell to Willamette, 60-58, on Saturday evening.
The Bearcats (8-13, 6-6 NWC) opened the game by taking an early lead before the Loggers (10-10, 5-7 NWC) went on an 11-3 run mid-way through the half. The run included two 3-pointers from Shattuck that gave the Loggers a 17-15 lead.
With 5:40 remaining in the half, JJ Pavia made a layup to tie the game at 19 apiece.
Following the tie, Willamette was able to close out of the half on a 12-4 run that gave them a 31-23 lead at halftime.
The Bearcats opened the second half, by extending their lead to its largest of the night, 15, 46-31, with 12 minutes remaining.
The Loggers then went on an 8-0 run to cut the Bearcats lead to seven, 46-39 with 10:33 left in the game.
Willamette again pulled out a lead, this time 14, 55-41. The Loggers then went on a 15-4 run to come within four of the Bearcats, 55-59, with 3:45 to go.
Barber made a free throw with 48 seconds remaining to pull the Loggers within two, 58-60. The Bearcats then missed on their next possession. Kohl Meyer recovered the defensive rebound with 11 seconds to go. Matt Bender took a last second 3-point shot but missed as the Loggers comeback attempt fell just short.
Despite the loss, the Loggers shot 39.6 percent (21-for-53) from the floor, and held the Bearcats to 35.1 percent (20-for-57). The Loggers also bested Willamette in rebounds 47-31. Each team came up with five blocks.
Puget Sound hopes to turn it around as it plays at Linfield on Friday, Feb. 13 at 8pm.
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