Holden's career night powers Loggers past George Fox

Holden's career night powers Loggers past George Fox

NEWBERG, OregonNick Holden scored a career-high 27 points and Keith Shattuck continued his sharp-shooting as the Puget Sound men's basketball team opened its Northwest Conference schedule with an 84-68 win at George Fox on Saturday night.

Holden added a career-best 16 rebounds for his third double-double of the season, and Shattuck came through with 19 points after shooting 6-for-8 from the field and 3-for-5 from 3-point range. Between his last two games, Shattuck is shooting 13-for-15 (86.7 percent) from the field for 38 points. He leads the NWC with a 58.9 field-goal percentage.

Holden's rebound total is the most since Jason Foster grabbed 16 boards against Lewis & Clark on Jan. 30, 2009.

The Loggers (6-3, 1-0 NWC) opened the game on a 16-2 run through the first 4:18, including eight points by Holden. A 3-pointer by Shattuck just a couple minutes later pushed the lead to 22-4.

The Bruins used an 8-3 run late in the first half to cut Puget Sound's lead to 41-19, but the Loggers carried a 47-21 lead into halftime.

George Fox outscored Puget Sound, 5-2, in the early minutes of the second half, but a layup by Shattuck three minutes into the period gave the Loggers a 58-29 advantage. Shortly thereafter, James Osorio's layup gave Puget Sound a game-high 30-point lead at 60-30.

"We did a great job of executing defensively," said Puget Sound head coach Justin Lunt. "We played with tremendous energy and urgency. It's not easy to win a conference game on the road, and I'm very proud of our guys."

The Loggers shot 51.9 percent (27-for-52) from the floor, and held the Bruins to just 43.1 percent (25-for-58). 

Puget Sound looks to maintain momentum when it hosts Willamette on Friday, Jan. 9, at 8 p.m.


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