TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound men's basketball team fell 89-62 to visiting Whitman on Saturday. AJ Maw had 13 points to lead the Loggers (6-13, 1-9 NWC) and was a perfect 3-for-3 behind the three-point line.
The Loggers fell behind 4-0 out of the gates after a Ben Eisenhardt bucket for the Missionaries (12-7, 6-4 NWC). However, the responded with a 7-0 run that continued into a 15-4 run. Dan Cheledinas' three-pointer capped the run and put the Loggers up 15-8 with just under 13 minutes to go in the first half.
Whitman caught fire at that point and rattled off 13 unmatched points in less than two minutes to retake command with a 21-15 lead. Matt Mounier scored the first eight points of the run and led the Missionaries with 18 points on the night.
The visitors continued a high-pressure defense and fast-paced offense that kept them up in front the rest of the way. They led 43-28 at halftime.
The lead remained comfortably in double digits for the Missionaries despite a few runs for the Loggers that sliced the lead down to 14 points. Nick Holden's three-point play look to gain some momentum for the Loggers and chopped the lead down to 56-42. However, Whitman responded and sprinted away to the win.
Cheledinas had 12 points for the Loggers, who were led by a player off the bench (Maw) for the second consecutive night. Holden finished with nine. Eisenhardt finished with 13 points for the Missionaries while Josh Duckworth and Philip Chircu each added 12.
The Missionaries full-court press forced 26 Logger turnovers while the Loggers forced 18 from the visitors.
The Loggers will head out for their final two road games next week, starting with a cross-town trip to Pacific Lutheran on Tuesday for an 8 p.m. game.