FOREST GROVE, Oregon – Kyle King dropped 20 points, but the Puget Sound men's basketball team lost to Pacific, 65-63, on Saturday evening. Despite the loss, the Loggers clinched a spot in the Northwest Conference tournament.
King scored in double digits for the third consecutive game. The junior was 7-for-13 from the field, and also added eight rebounds. Kohl Meyer added 14 points, eight rebounds, and four steals, while Andre Lewis recorded 11 points.
Pacific (11-12, 5-9 NWC) jumped out to a 7-0 lead. The Loggers (12-10, 7-6 NWC) battled back to tie the game at 7-7, and then began to pull away, leading the Boxers 33-23 at halftime. Pacific began to chip into Puget Sound's lead, tying the game at 47-47 with 9:11 left in the game. The two teams continued in a back-and-forth manner. A made layup by Pacific with 40 seconds left tied the game at 63. KC Harrison then made a shot with at the buzzer, and the home team escaped with the win.
Puget Sound shot 36.8 percent (21-for-57) from the field, while Pacific shot 45.1 percent (23-for-51). The Loggers shot 16.7 percent from beyond the arc (2-for-12). The Boxers were 7-for-20 (35.0 percent) when attempting three-pointers, and outrebounded the Loggers 41-32.
Puget Sound will next host Whitworth on Friday, February 19 at 8 p.m.
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