Loggers nearly knock off No. 3 Whitworth, lose on buzzer beater

Loggers nearly knock off No. 3 Whitworth, lose on buzzer beater

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's basketball team gave the No. 3-ranked team in the country all they could handle on Friday evening, but the Loggers lost to Whitworth, 67-65, on a buzzer-beating shot.

Whitworth (23-1, 14-1) jumped out to a 14-4 lead. However, the Loggers (13-11, 8-7 NWC) clawed back into the game, refusing to make it easy for the nationally ranked Pirates. The score was tied 34-34 at halftime, and in front of a raucous home crowd, Puget Sound began to inch ahead to begin the second half.

With five minutes left in the game, the Loggers led 62-58. After exchanging baskets, Whitworth had possession of the ball with 15 seconds left and the score tied 65-65. Kenny Love drove to the basket, missing his shot, but George Valle grabbed the offensive rebound and sunk his jumper at the buzzer to eek out the victory for the visitors.

Kyle King scored in double digits for the fourth consecutive game. The junior had 15 points. Carlos Mancasola recorded 17 points, going 5-for-10 from beyond the 3-point arc. Kohl Meyer added nine points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks, and four steals, while playing all 40 minutes.  

Puget Sound shot 41.9 percent (13-for-31) from the field, while Whitworth shot 39.4 percent (13-for-33). The Loggers shot 44.4 percent from beyond the arc (12-for-27). The Pirates were 11-for-30 (36.7 percent) when attempting three-pointers, and outrebounded the Loggers 44-32.

Puget Sound will next host Whitman on Saturday, February 20. The final game of the regular season is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., with the team's four seniors being honored before tip-off.

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