Following preceding losses to both Linfield and George Fox, Pacific dropped their third in a row and fourth in five tries when they fell to the University of Puget Sound 53-50, Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Stoller Center in Forest Grove.
Puget Sound senior Jamie Lange had a game-high 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead the visiting Loggers.The Boxers (14-7, 8-4 NWC) were able to land a pair in double figures in the loss, as junior Camy Aguinaldo scored a team-high 16 points to lead Pacific. She was joined in double figures by freshman Brilie Kovaloff, who had 12 points. The Loggers (11-10, 5-7 NWC) were led by the efforts of Lange, who was joined in double figures by Mara Henderson, who finished with 10 points.Trailing 39-32 early into the fourth quarter, Pacific nearly came back with the victory as they shot a game-best 58.3% from the field.
Kovaloff made her second 3-pointer of the game and fellow freshman Rilee Price made a jumper to bring the Boxers within two, 39-37, with 8:19 left to play. Lange came back to extend the lead to four before Kovaloff answered with a jumper with 7:21 remaining in the contest.The game went back and forth and remained close as Aguinaldo tied the game at 50 when she made a layup with 34 seconds left on the clock. Henderson made one of two free throws to put the visitors ahead 51-50 as the Boxers regained the possession with cut 30 seconds remaining.After a Pacific time out, the Boxers missed a chance to take the lead on a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left, then Henderson made two free throws for what proved to be the difference.
With the loss, the once conference-leading Boxers dropped to third place in the NWC standings behind league-leading Whitman and second place George Fox.Next, Pacific will face Whitworth on its home court at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in Spokane.
Pacific freshman Nick Drynan drove in for a layup with 1:55 left to play to put the visiting Boxers ahead for the first time since the 8:50 mark of the second half. The Spokane, Washington, native came back on the ensuing possession with a 3-pointer to lead the Boxers to a 99-96 win over host George Fox.Drynan finished the game with 32 points, including 25 in the final 20 minutes to lead the visitors to its first win in Newberg since January 20, 2015. He was joined in double figures by Andrew Dufort and Davis Holly with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Pacific raised its record to 6-14 overall and 3-8 in the Northwest Conference.George Fox (8-12, 4-7 NWC) had four players in double figures, including Ryan Lacey, who had 24 to lead the Bruins. He was joined in double figures by JD Ahlstrom (22 points), Jackson Januik (16 points) and Zach Sly (13 points).
Pacific found itself trailing by one, 91-90, until Drynan, the hot-shooting freshman, drove to the hoop for a layup that sparked five unanswered points for the visitors. The Boxers managed to score seven of the next nine points en route to the win.For the game, Pacific shot 46.4% from the field and 88.9% (24-for-27) from the free throw line en route to the victory. The Bruins shot 46.6% from the field and 70.8% (17-for-24) from the free throw line.
The Boxers went on to drop their next game to the University of Puget Sound 105-77. Drynan again led Pacific, scoring 15 points, while Devin Fortune tallied 11 points and eight rebounds.
Pacific will next play at Whitworth for a Friday, Feb. 14, game in Spokane before traveling to Walla Walla for a game versus Whitman Saturday, Feb. 15.
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