SPOKANE, Washington – Kohl Meyer tied his season-high mark with 24 points, but No. 1 Whitworth prevailed with an 87-68 victory over the Puget Sound men's basketball team on Saturday night.
The Loggers (9-8, 4-4 NWC) gave the top team in the country a strong effort and trailed by just three points late in the first half. Matt Reid hit a 3-pointer with 3:28 left to play in the opening period, cutting the Whitworth (17-0, 8-0 NWC) lead to 31-28. The Pirates were poised to take a double-digit lead into halftime before Carlos Mancasola hit a 3-pointer to make it 41-33 going into the break.
Mancasola scored 12 points and played a game-high 38 minutes. Timmy Saunders added 11 points by shooting 4-for-8 from the floor and 3-for-5 from distance. Jimmy Wohrer made the best of his 10 minutes by scoring 10 points.
Puget Sound committed only 10 turnovers, tied for its second-lowest mark this season.
Meyer's other 24-point game this year came in a win over Pacific on Jan. 15. The junior guard is shooting 61 percent from the floor over his last four games.
The Loggers look to bounce back by hosting crosstown rival Pacific Lutheran on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m.
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