Loggers hang tough, shoot tough in overtime loss to Colorado College

Loggers hang tough, shoot tough in overtime loss to Colorado College

SPOKANE, Wash.—Two sharp-shooting teams took the court at Whitworth Fieldhouse Friday night, but the Puget Sound Loggers saw themselves on the wrong end of a 92-90 score and fell in overtime to Colorado College in Spokane, Wash.

Puget Sound took a 9-4 lead four minutes into the game, but Colorado College clawed back in the next three, taking a two-point lead for themselves seven minutes in. The Tigers extended the lead to five points with seven left in half, but the Loggers tied the game within the next minute.

Colorado College took the lead back with a pair of Justin Berardino free throws and kept it through the rest of the half. From there on out, Rex Nelson and AJ Maw scored the Loggers' final nine points of the half, which the Loggers ended down two at 42-40.  

The first half saw six tie score and seven lead changes, while Nelson led the Loggers with 12 points in the opening 20 minutes. The Loggers shot an even 50%, hitting 15 of 30 field goals, and they went 33.3% from beyond the arc, making four of 12 three pointers.

Coming out of the break, the two squads made three baskets each in the second half's first five minutes. The Tigers then scored seven straight, taking a nine-point lead, the largest either team saw in the game.

The Loggers needed just one minute to whittle that lead to one, however, with six straight points by Kohl Meyer on a three point shot, layup, and a free throw. After that, neither team could garner much of a lead, both remaining within five points of each other through the end of regulation.   

With four and a half minutes to go, the Loggers were down 74-69. They eliminated that deficit in the next two minutes and took a one-point lead with 1:26 remaining after Dan Cheledinas drained a three pointer. Colorado College evened a game with 1:10 left after Ryan Miline made one of two free throw shots. Neither team scored another point in regulation, however, and the contest headed into overtime.

The Loggers opened up the extra period with a Matt Reid layup, then retook the lead at 84-83 with a jumper from Nelson. With the score tied at 86, the Tigers' Russell Clark made a jumper and put Colorado College up for good as Puget Sound scored just one point between the 3:22 and 0: 03 marks of overtime. A layup and a free throw by Reid with two seconds left was not enough as the Loggers fell 92-90 in overtime.

Both teams shot nearly 50% from the field, with the Loggers hitting 47.9 of their field goal attempts and the Tigers netting 50.8% of their shots. Puget Sound made eight of 22 shots from beyond the arc, a 36.4% clip, while Colorado College hit 35.7% of their three pointers, netting 10 of 28. The Loggers saw a slight rebound advantage, getting to 42 rebounds as opposed to 37 by the Tigers, and forced 13 turnovers while giving up 11. They only took 18 free throws, however, while the Tigers attempted 29 freebies, making 20 of them.

Nelson led the Loggers with 25 points, a career high, while Ryan Milne of Colorado College also scored 25 points. Maw and Cheledinas also hit double-digits, scoring 15 and 14 points, respectively. Nelson led all players with 10 rebounds, tallying his second double-double in as many games.

Puget Sound (2-2, 0-0 NWC) will look to get back into the win column Saturday, Nov. 23, when they take on Old Westbury. That game will tip off at 6:00 p.m., again at Whitworth Fieldhouse in Spokane.