Loggers force overtime but fall to Willamette, 84-77

Loggers force overtime but fall to Willamette, 84-77

TACOMA, Washington – Kohl Meyer and Nick Holden helped the Loggers come back and force overtime against Willamette on Friday night, but ultimately the Puget Sound men's basketball team fell 84-77.

Despite the loss, the Loggers currently rank No. 14 in the country in rebound margin and showed it by dominating the boards against Willamette. Holden and James Osorio boasted double digit rebounds which led the Loggers to nearly double Willamette's team rebound marks (44-24).

In addition to their rebounds, Holden and Osorio also scored in the double digits. Holden scored 23 for his fourth double-double of the season and Osorio had 12 points for his first double-double of the year.

The game opened with the Loggers (6-4, 1-1 NWC) and Bearcats (3-9, 1-2 NWC) going back and forth on the scoreboard.

Mid-way through the half the Loggers went on a 12-3 run that was capped off by two made free throws from Matt Bergland which gave Puget Sound a 22-15 lead.

The Loggers fought to maintain this lead down the stretch but at halftime they led by one over the Bearcats, 31-30.

In the second half, the game remained tight until the Loggers were able to take their biggest lead of the night. With 8:07 to go in the game, Matt Bender made a layup to give the Loggers an eight point lead, 51-43.

Willamette clawed back to take a 57-55 lead but Holden then made two free throws to tie the game with 4:16 remaining.

As the minutes counted down, the Bearcats took the lead again, leading by no more than five points at any given point.

With 22 seconds remaining Holden made a layup to even the score at 65 apiece. Willamette then stormed down the court but found its last shot attempt blocked by Meyer to force overtime.

In overtime, the Loggers missed some key opportunities while the Bearcats went 7-for-8 from the floor to win it, 84-77.

The Loggers shot 44.4 percent (28-for-63) from the floor for the night.

Puget Sound looks to bounce back as they host Pacific tomorrow, Saturday Jan. 10th at 6pm.



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