WALLA WALLA, Washington – Despite better shooting marks, the Puget Sound men's basketball fell to Whitman, 51-69, on Saturday evening.
Nick Holden scored double-digit points, 14, and came away with eight rebounds in the loss. Defensively, the Loggers held Whitman to 39 percent shooting from the field.
The game opened with each team going back and forth making baskets until the Loggers (8-7, 3-4 NWC) took the lead and held onto it until the nine minute mark.
Whitman (12-5, 6-2 NWC) then went on a 13-5 run that included regaining the lead, 27-24, with 5:24 to play in the period. Soon after, the Loggers came within one on a layup from Kohl Meyer.
However, Whitman made a last second 3-pointer to go up 34-28 at halftime.
In the second half, Puget Sound fell behind early on four made 3-point shots by the Missionaries.
The Loggers finished the game on an 11-6 run that included a 3-pointer from Keith Shattuck but it was too late as they came up short to Whitman.
The Loggers shot 41.7 percent (20-for-48) from the floor and had nine assists in the game. It was the Loggers 20 turnovers that did them in, in the end.
Puget Sound looks to bounce back as it returns home to face cross-town rival Pacific Lutheran on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 8pm.
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