TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's basketball team pushed No. 13 Whitworth for 40 minutes, but the Loggers came up short, 95-84, in Memorial Fieldhouse Friday night.
Puget Sound (6-1, 0-1 NWC) trailed by just one point at halftime, 45-44. The Loggers shot 9-for-20 from 3-point range in the opening half, and Jimmy Wohrer led the way with 16 points. The Loggers cooled off in the second half, shooting 6-for-19 (31.6 percent) from distance and 13-for-40 (32.5 percent) from the floor.
Wohrer led the Loggers in scoring with 25 points. Jeremiah Hobbs flirted with a double-double as the senior finished 10 points and eight rebounds. Nate Vieira scored in double figures for the third consecutive game, netting 11 points against the Pirates (6-0, 1-0 NWC).
Despite several ties in the final 20 minutes, the Loggers never led in the second half. Puget Sound trailed early in the second half, 54-51, when a 3-pointer by Gabriel Chaikin evened the score with 15:25 on the clock. Whitworth looked ready to pull away when it had a 66-61 lead, but Wohrer kept the Loggers within striking distance when he drove down the middle of the lane for two points with 9:23 on the clock.
It was a two-point game, 71-69, with less than seven minutes to play, but Whitworth's lead steadily grew from there.
The Loggers have another tough challenge in hosting No. 1 Whitman on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m.