TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's basketball trailed by just two points at halftime against No. 1 Augustana, but the Vikings pulled away in the second half for a 73-49 win on Friday night in Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Loggers were down, 31-29, entering halftime after closing out the first 20 minutes with an 11-2 run. The Vikings held a 29-18 lead with four minutes left in the opening period when Kohl Meyer's layup made it a single-digit deficit.
Following a jumper by Augustana's Brandon Motzel, Meyer hit a 3-pointer to bring Puget Sound to within 31-23, and Jimmy Wohrer followed with a trey of his own to make it 31-26. Both teams went scoreless for nearly two minutes until Carlos Mancasola connected from beyond the arc in the final seconds of the half.
Augustana outscored Puget Sound, 42-20, in the second half.
Hunter Hill entered the game as the Viking's leading scorer, but the Puget Sound defense frustrated Augustana's top guard all night. Hill, who averaged 16.8 points per game coming into Friday's contest, scored just three points in 29 minutes against the Loggers. Puget Sound forced the Vikings into 16 turnovers while committing just 12 on the other end.
Meyer scored a team-high 13 points for Puget Sound, as the Loggers look to quickly shake off a tough night of shooting after finishing 36.7 percent (19-for-62) from the floor.
Puget Sound returns to the hardwood in the Santa Cruz Classic when the Loggers take on Whittier on Monday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m.
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