FOREST GROVE, Oregon – Nick Holden scored a career-high 31 points and set a Puget Sound record with 21 made free-throws as the men's basketball team picked up a crucial conference win at Linfield on Friday night, 76-67. Holden was perfect from the charity stripe.
The previous record for free-throws in one game was 16, held by Jake Mayberry (1952-53) and Matt Glynn (2003-04). Argie Rhymes holds the Puget Sound record for free-throw attempts in a game with 23 against Portland State during the 1968-69 season.
Erin Barber didn't miss all night, going 3-for-3 from the floor, 1-for-1 from 3-point range, and 7-for-7 from the line for 14 points. The Loggers easily set season-highs for free-throw attempts (47) and free-throws made (43), and shot 91.5 percent from the line. The program record for made free-throws in one game is 45 vs. Pacific Lutheran during the 2003-04 season.
Linfield (3-19, 1-12) opened the game on an 8-0 run, but Keith Shattuck's jumper evened the score, 10-10, just over five minutes into the first half. Puget Sound (11-10, 6-7 NWC) closed out the opening period on a 7-2 run to take a 40-32 lead into halftime.
Holden made a pair of free-throws to cap off the Loggers' 10-2 run at the start of the second half as Puget Sound claimed a 47-34 lead. The Loggers led by double digits for the majority of the second half.
"This was a great team win for our guys," said Puget Sound head coach Justin Lunt. "It's always hard to win a conference game on the road, but our guys showed great composure and we did a great job of executing our game plan."
Puget Sound looks to maintain positive momentum when it plays at Lewis & Clark on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 6 p.m.