TACOMA, Wash. – Both teams led by double digits but neither but neither could put the game away. In the end, Pacific came away with the 66-61 win over the Puget Sound men's basketball team.
The Loggers (8-14, 4-11 NWC) fell behind early but went on a 21-6 run to end the first half and take a lead into the locker room. Pacific (15-10, 9-7 NWC) built a 23-13 lead behind some hot shooting but came up empty behind the three-point line in the opening 20 minutes and turned the ball over 13 times.
The turnovers helped fuel a Logger comeback. After Gabe Borboa's layup tied the game at 27-27, Rex Holmes came away with a steal and laid it in at the other end for a 29-27 Logger lead. The lead grew to 34-29 at the break.
The Logger led 52-42 in the second half but went scoreless for six minutes and went 10 minutes without a field goal as the Boxers mounted a comeback. Eric Moore's three cut the lead to one for Pacific and Daniel Zitani hit a pair of free throws to reclaim the lead.
The teams juggled the lead back and forth over the final minutes with seven lead changes in the second half alone. Neither team led by more than two points for a majority of the final six minutes.
With atwo-point lead in the final minute, Andrew Beatty knocked down a pair of free throws and Budweiser Hawkins hit 1-of-2 to keep the Boxers out in front. In between, the Loggers came up empty on a couple of trips down the floor.
Pacific was 10-of-15 at the line on the night while the Loggers made just two of their four free throw attempts in the contest. Derek Jobe led the way for the Loogers with 16 points while Erin Barber had 12 points off the bench.
Dustin Bowser was 7-of-9 on the night to lead the Boxers with 14 points and nine rebounds while Hawkins also ended up with 14.
The Loggers finish up the season at home tomorrow at 8 p.m. when they host George Fox on Senior Day.