Despite strong first half, men's basketball falls to Lewis & Clark

Despite strong first half, men's basketball falls to Lewis & Clark

TACOMA, Washington – Despite shooting 55.6 percent from the floor in the first half, the Puget Sound men's basketball team lost to Lewis & Clark, 76-69, in Memorial Fieldhouse on Saturday night.

The Puget Sound (7-6, 2-2 NWC) defense was equally impressive in the first half by limiting the Pioneers (4-8, 1-3 NWC) to just 36.7 percent from the floor in the game's opening period. Still, the Loggers managed to hold on to just a two-point lead at halftime, 34-32.

Kohl Meyer's layup eight minutes into the second half gave Puget Sound an eight-point lead, 49-41. The Pioneers battled back to even the score at 49, but Carlos Mancasola hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Loggers the lead once again, this time with just over eight minutes to play.

Lewis & Clark claimed a 60-57 edge, but a Timmy Saunders 3-pointer from the corner evened things up with six minutes to go. Consectuive buckets by Saunders and Kyle King gave Puget Sound a 64-63 lead just one minute later, but the Pioneers close out the game with a 13-5 run.

Both Meyer and Mancasola tallied 15 points and two steals. Meyer also added six rebounds and four assists.

Lewis & Clark outrebounded the Loggers, 43-24.

Puget Sound returns to action when it hosts Pacific on Friday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m.



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