TACOMA, Washington – The Loggers were within three points in the final 30 seconds, but the Puget Sound men's basketball team fell to No. 2 Whitman, 92-87, on Friday evening.
Kohl Meyer had his ninth double-double of the year, scoring 18 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Carlos Mancasola had 17 points while hitting 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Easton Driessen scored 12 points, while Zach Miller chipped in 11 points.
The Loggers (12-10, 5-8 NWC) jumped out to a 17-8 lead in the first half, with the Blues (22-0, 13-0 NWC) eventually tying the game, 19-19, with 10 minutes remaining in the half. The rest of the period was back-and-forth, with Whitman holding a one-point lead going into the break.
Whitman appeared to be taking control of the game to begin the second half, leading by as many as 17. With under six minutes remaining, the Loggers went on a 20-8 run to pull within three, 87-84, with 27 second remaining. However, the home team was unable to get any closer, and ultimately fell, 92-87.
Puget Sound shot 56.1 percent (32-for-57) from the field, while Whitman shot 47.1 percent (33-for-70). The Loggers were 11-for-20 (55.0 percent) from beyond the arc. The Blues were 8-for-21 (38.1 percent) on 3-point shots. Puget Sound outrebounded Whitman, 38-27, but had 23 turnovers, while the Blues only had five.
Puget Sound remains at home on Saturday, February 11, when the team hosts No. 6 Whitworth. The game, which is Senior Day for the Loggers, is scheduled to tip-off at 6 p.m.
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