SALEM, Oregon – Junior Kyle King scored a career-high 23 points, but the Puget Sound men's basketball team lost at Willamette, 100-89, on Saturday night.
King's previous career best in scoring was 11 points, which he achieved twice this season. Four other Loggers (12-9, 7-5 NWC) scored in double figures against the Bearcats (7-14, 4-8 NWC). Kohl Meyer, Carlos Mancasola, and Andre Lewis each tallied 14 points. Kendall Schmidt scored 12 points in 11 minutes off the bench.
Meyer pulled down 10 boards to finish with his sixth double-double of the year, and he tied a season-high with six steals.
The Loggers trailed by just two points, 32-30, following a layup by King with three minutes left in the first half, but Willamette made six free-throws in the final 2:30 of the opening period to take a 45-39 lead into halftime.
Puget Sound shot 47.8 percent from the floor, its fifth-best mark of the season. However, the Loggers struggled on the other end of the floor. Willamette finished with a 57.7 field-goal percentage, including 55 percent (11-for-20) from 3-point range. Although it seemed the Bearcats couldn't miss, they committed 24 turnovers, compared to the Loggers' 13.
Willamette controlled the battle on the boards and outrebounded the Loggers, 38-27.
The Loggers are back on the road when they travel to Linfield on Friday, Feb. 12, for an 8 p.m. start.
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