WALLA WALLA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's basketball team held a two-point lead with 3:30 left in regulation, but Whitman rallied for an 89-84 win Friday night.
The Loggers (6-4, 0-1 NWC) were down by eight points, 76-68, when Jourdan Joseph connected on two free-throws with 5:33 left in the second half. Following a defensive stop, John Misel drilled a 3-pointer from the right side to make it a one-possession game.
In Puget Sound's following defensive stand, Kobe Elsner came up with a blocked shot, and the Loggers quickly moved the ball up the floor. Joseph hit a trey to tie the game, 76-76, with 4:10 remaining.
Whitman (6-4, 1-0 NWC) had a 79-78 lead when Cal Hansen tipped an offensive rebound to Stellan Roberts, who buried a straight-away 3-pointer to give Puget Sound a two-point lead and 2:52 on the clock. However, the Loggers were held scoreless for the next two minutes.
Misel broke the drought by hitting another trey, bringing the Loggers to within 87-84 with 51 seconds left. But that's as close as Puget Sound would get.
Misel had a perfect night shooting the ball, going 8-for-8 from the floor, 4-for-4 from 3-point range, and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line for a game-high 23 points.
Roberts nearly notched a double-double, scoring 16 points to go with nine rebounds. Joseph tallied 10 points, including 7-for-8 shooting from the charity stripe.
Puget Sound has another tough challenge at No. 14 Whitworth Saturday Jan. 4, at 6 p.m.