TACOMA, Washington – Nick Holden finished with his 11th double-double of the season, but the Puget Sound men's basketball team fell to Whitman, 85-73, at Memorial Fieldhouse on Friday night.
Holden scored 29 points to go with 12 rebounds, and came up two points shy of his career record, which he set in a win at Linfield on Feb. 13 this season. He increased season averages to 16.4 points and 9.0 rebounds, both of which rank second in the Northwest Conference.
Despite shooting 52.2 percent from the floor in the first half, Puget Sound trailed at halftime, 52-33. The Missionaries (19-5, 13-2 NWC) shot a remarkable 10-for-15 from 3-point range in the opening half, and they committed only four turnovers to the Loggers' 13.
Puget Sound trailed by double digits for most of the second hal, but Meyer found Holden for two points in a pick-and-roll, bringing the Loggers within striking distance at 71-60 with six minutes left.
Three minutes later, Holden grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled during the successful put-back. The three-point play cut the deficit to 76-68. The Logger defense made a couple of clutch defensive stops, but Puget Sound missed two 3-pointers that would have made the score 76-71.
The Loggers host Whitworth on Saturday, Feb. 21, for a 6 p.m. tipoff in the regular-season finale. Puget Sound will honor its senior class prior to tipoff.
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