Comeback Attempt Comes Too Late Against Linfield
TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound men's basketball saw its winning streak haulted on Saturday with a 77-66 loss to Linfield. Erin Barber had a 17-point effort off the bench to lead the Loggers (9-14, 4-10 NWC).
Barber had a season-high effort to lead four Loggers in double figures. Nick Holden also came off the bench to score 13 points and was just shy of a double-double with eight rebounds. Rex Holmes contributed 12 points while Derek Jobe added 10.
The game started off slow with both teams struggling to shoot the ball. After five minutes, the score was still 2-2. At the eight minute mark, the Loggers held a slight 15-12 advantage.
The Wildcats (4-19, 3-11 NWC) went on a 14-0 run to claim the lead and build a double digit lead. Nick Cantonwine sparked the run and finished with 14 points for the visiting Wildcats.
The Wildcats led by four at the half and built as high as a 17-point lead in the second half. The Loggers were able to cut that deficit down to seven points late but the Wildcats were able to stay out in front behind a 90 percent effort at the free throw line and a 6-for-8 effort behind the three-point line.
The Loggers forced 11 turnovers in the second half and 19 in the game while turning the ball over just eight times. However, the Wildcats made the most of the shots they did get off and found their shooting rhythm to stay out in front. Meanwhile, the Loggers shot just 33.3 percent from the field and were 4-of-23 in three-point tries. The Loggers struggles carried over to the free throw line where they were just 16-of-30 as a team.
Tim Logan knocked down all three of his three-pointers to lead the Wildcats with 17 points off the bench.
The Loggers will look to finish strong when they host their final two games of the season next week, starting with Pacific on Friday at 8 p.m.