Whitman, which connected on 27 of 34 chances from the charity stripe, led 45-43 at halftime before pulling away midway through the second half. Dan Rough hit three of five 3-point attempts en route to 21 points, while Tommy Lloyd added 15 points for the Missionaries. Ladd Preppernau hit a trio of 3-pointers for his nine points off the bench.
Whitman also got a huge lift off the bench from Todd Wyatt, who grabbed a game-high 10 boards to go with seven points, and Mike Keyser, who collared seven boards and scored six points.
The Missionaries outrebounded the visitors 21-7 in the second half to finish with a 41-24 edge on the backboards. Jones had eight rebounds for Whitman and Alan Van Divort had seven. Both Jones and Van Divort had a pair of blocks at the defensive end.
Point guard Andrew Schillinger contributed seven assists and eight points. Rough and Preppernau each had six assists.
Evan Jones paced Whitman with 18 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. Jones continued to flash a hot hand at the free throw line, hitting 10 of 13 opportunities. Tommy Lloyd with 11 points and Ladd Preppernau with 10 were the only other Missionaries in double figures.
Alan Van Divort added eight points and five boards.
Whitman shooters missed the mark more often than not in the first half, falling behind 45-26. They regained their touch in the second half, outscoring UPS 41-38 over the last 20 minutes to shave a few points off the final deficit.
The Missionaries rang up their largest lead of the night, 78-45, with 9:30 left in the game. With 3:45 remaining and Whitman leading 85-52, coach Skip Molitor cleared his bench.
Preppernau, a junior transfer from Wenatchee Valley Community College, led all scorers with 32 points. Playing off the bench, the 6-foot-2 guard was nearly perfect from the floor, hitting 13 of 14 attempts including all six of seven 3-point tries. He also played a little defense, picking off four steals.
The Missionaries had four other players score in double figures. Dan Rough had 14 points, hitting four of seven 3-point attempts, while Evan Jones totaled 13 and Tommy Lloyd had 12. As a team, Whitman nailed 13 of 18 3-point tries, a sizzling 72 percent.
Andrew Schillinger handed out eight assists, one more than Lloyd. Jones grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots. Alan Van Divort snared five boards.
Coached by Art Furman, a former men's assistant coach at Whitman, Eastern trailed by just six points at halftime, 42-36. The Mountaineers dropped to 6-4 on the season.
Todd Wyatt, one of Whitman's super subs, hit a free throw line jumper with 2:30 left in the game to give the Missionaries a 70-69 lead. Whitworth responded with two quick buckets, one courtesy of a Whitman turnover (one of only six Missionary turnovers on the night), to regain a 73-70 lead with 2:18 remaining.
Over the next two minutes, the hard-luck Missionaries missed three 3-point attempts, any one of which would have tied the score. Two of the shots caromed in and out, while the third shot bounced off the back rim.
"We definitely played well enough to win," Whitman coach Skip Molitor said. "To shoot as poorly as we did and still have those kind of chances to win the game was a good sign. The kids competed very well, and they thought they were going to win."
Whitworth bolted to an 8-0 lead at the outset. Whitman grouped, took a 12-10 lead and eventually led by as many eight points midway through the first half. The Pirates led 37-32 at intermission.
Whitman was whistled for 22 fouls, twice as many as Whitworth. The host Pirates went to the line 28 times, converting 18. The Missionaries were five of six from the line.
Dan Rough hit five of 11 3-point attempts to lead the Whitman attack with 19 points. He also had seven assists and four rebounds. Evan Jones added 16 points and five boards before fouling out in the final minute.
Whitman got good contributions from the bench, with Ladd Preppernau sinking a trio of 3-pointers to finish with 11 points. Mike Keyser hit two of three long-range attempts while scoring eight points, and Todd Wyatt had seven points and a team-high eight rebounds. Schillinger, who also fouled out for Whitman, contributed seven assists.
Nolan Jones-Steverson had 11 points for Menlo and Jeff Aldinger chipped in nine.
Terry Blankenship had a big game for Walla Walla College, hitting 11 of 21 shots from the floor to 25 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and nine steals. Matt Westermeyer added 11 points for the Wolves. Warren Libby contributed 10 points and seven rebounds. Chad Verlo pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.
Whitman got double-digit scoring from three other players. In the post, Evan Jones had 17 points along with a game-high 10 rebounds. Off the bench, Todd Wyatt hit both of his 3-point attempts while scoring 16 points (a season-high) and grabbing eight rebounds. Also off the bench, Ladd Preppernau hit a pair of treys to finish with 10 points and five assists.
Lloyd rang up his 22 points by hitting six of eight 3-point attempts. He converted both of his free throw attempts and pulled down five rebounds. Rough canned three 3-pointers and added five assists and three steals.
Point guard Andrew Schillinger triggered the offense with 10 assists. He also had three steals.
Okanogan stayed close until an 8-1 Whitman scoring spurt late in the second half gave the Missionaries a 50-38 halftime lead. Rough scored 16 of his points in the first half. Whitman continued to pull away in the second half by hitting eight of 13 shots from the 3-point stripe.
With WWC trailing 75-72, the 5-foot-10 Blankenship scored inside and was fouled with 3:11 left to play. Blankenship added the free throw to knot the score at 75.
The Wolves jumped ahead 77-75 with 2:16 remaining on Chad Verlo's short baseline jumper. After Okanogan tied the score at 77, Blankenship completed his second 3-point play on a fastbreak to give Walla Walla an 80-77 lead at the 1:44 mark. Okanogan narrowed the deficit to 80-79 on Josh Zieske's drive to the hoop, but the Lakers then missed a shot at the buzzer.
Blankenship led all scorers with 23 points. He also had a game-high 12 rebounds and nine steals. Also scoring in double figures were the Wolves were Matt Westermeyer with 16 points, Verlo with 14 points and Jon Miler with 13. Verlo added eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
Tyler Thompson paced Okanogan with 14 points and six rebounds. Clarke Kruiswyk also 14 points along with five boards. Zieske finished with 12 points and six rebounds, while Steve Bird contributed 11 points. Eric Chernoff had 10 points and six boards for the Lakers.
Okanogan led 41-35 at halftime.
Jones hit nine of 14 shots from the floor, collared a game-high 15 rebounds and blocked three shots. Lloyd nailed four of eight 3-points attempts and had three steals. Rough added seven assists and three steals to his stat line.
Todd Wyatt was four of five from the floor in scoring eight points. Mike Keyser had seven rebounds. As a team, Whitman hit 34 of 66 shots from the floor (52 percent).
The Missionaries led 45-27 at halftime and pushed their advantage to 35 points, 82-47, with 5:50 left in the game, prompting coach Skip Molitor to clear his bench.
At the conclusion of the championship game, Jones was named the tournament's Most Player Player. Whitman teammate Tommy Lloyd also made the all-tournament team, along with Terry Blankenship of Walla Walla College, Michael Barton of Menlo College and Tyler Thompson of Okanogan.
Running the offense to near perfection, Whitman point guard Andrew Schillinger handed out 16 assists against Menlo College in the Best Western Classic championship game.
Dan Rough led the Missionaries with a game-high 20 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Todd Wyatt with 11 boards and Evan Jones with 10 topped all rebounders. Jones added 17 points and three steals. Tommy Lloyd chipped in 16 points and five rebounds.
The Missionaries hit just 11 of 48 shots from the floor in the second half. Rough had Whitman's best shooting night, hitting eight of 20 shots from the field including four 3-pointers. Lloyd also connected on four treys.
Whitman senior Tommy Lloyd hit three of five 3-point shots to lead the Missionaries with 14 points. He also had five assists. Dan Rough added 12 points while Evan Jones had nine points and seven rebounds. Andrew Schillinger scored eight points and Ladd Preppernau chipped in six points.
The Missionaries raced to a 44-29 halftime lead in what Whitman coach Skip Molitor said was "easily our best half of the season. We really lit them up for the first 20 minutes."
The Missionaries jumped to a 5-0 lead at the outset and held the lead for all but 30 seconds of the first half. The Falcons took their only lead, 16-15, midway through the half. Whitman closed out the last six minutes of the half on a 16-5 run.
As a team, Whitman hit 15 of 28 shots from the floor during the first 20 minutes. Those totals included eight of 14 conversions from the 3-point stripe. The Missionaries also outrebounded Seattle Pacific 19-16 in the first half.
Dan Rough, who led all scorers with 24 points, opened the second half with a 3-pointer to give Whitman its largest lead of the night at 47-29. But the Falcons responded with a 21-5 spurt over the next eight minutes to narrow the deficit to 52-50 with 10:26 left to play.
"Seattle Pacific turned it up a big, big notch in the second half," Molitor said. "We didn't play that poorly; they just used their size inside to overwhelm us on the backboards. They are a big, strong team."
Tommy Lloyd and Rough hit 3-pointers to keep Whitman in front 58-53 at the 8:35 mark. After Seattle Pacific used an 8-0 run to regain the lead at 61-58 with 5:52 remaining, Rough hit a pair of jumpers to give Whitman its last lead of the night at 62-61.
Rough, who nailed six 3-pointers in the game, connected on his final trey with 1:39 left to pull the Missionaries to within one point, 68-67. But the Falcons converted six free throws down the stretch to wrap up their eighth victory in 11 games. One of Seattle Pacific's losses was a narrow defeat at the hands of Washington State.
Whitman scheduled to fly to southern California on Sunday, Dec. 29. But poor weather canceled the team's flight Sunday and again on Monday.
Whitman's Evan Jones hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left in the game to pull the Missionaries to within one point at 70-69. But Aaron Newkirk converted a pair of free throws with 2.8 seconds remaining to seal the victory for the Bruins.
Jones made nine of 11 shots from the floor while scoring a game-high 23 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked five shots. Dan Rough added 14 points, 10 boards and five assists for Whitman.
Ladd Preppernau hit a trio of 3-pointers to score 11 points off the bench. Tommy Lloyd scored 10 points fouling out.
Whitman led by as many as 11 points in the first half and were on top by seven points with less than two seconds remaining before intermission. That's when Whitman's Dan Rough was whistled for a disputed foul as a George Fox player heaved a desperation shot from his own end of the court. He made all three charity tosses to trim Whitman's halftime lead to four points.
The Missionaries still led by 10 points with 11:48 left in the game. But the Bruins used a 17-2 spurt to jump in front 66-61 with six minutes left. Whitman knotted the score at 66 before George Fox pulled away at the end.
As a team, Whitman canned 13 of 27 3-point attempts, including seven of 12 conversions in the second half.
The Missionaries bolted to a 20-6 lead midway through the first half before Willamette rallied to close the gap to 36-32 at intermission.
Whitman opened the second half on 9-0 and 12-2 runs to extend its lead to 48-34 with 17:04 left in the game. The Bearcats continued to battle, pulling to within three points, 60-57, with 8:52 remaining.
But Whitman's Rough responded with 10 points over the next 1:52 as the Missionaries held the Bearcats at bay down the stretch. Andrew Schillinger nailed seven of eight free throws in the final 90 seconds to seal the win.
Whitman improved to 1-2 in NCIC action and 5-6 on the season. Willamette dropped to 1-1 in the NCIC and 3-5 overall.
Tommy Lloyd and 18 points for Whitman, while Schillinger hit three of six 3-pointers to finish with 16 points and seven assists. Evan Jones worked the low post for 15 points and nine rebounds from Evan Jones. Todd Wyatt also had a solid game, making both of his 3-point attempts while scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds.
With Linfield trailing 66-65 with two seconds left, Berkey took an inbounds pass on the left side of the court, near the top of the key. His 3-point jumper from five feet behind the line hit nothing but net to give Linfield its first NCIC victory of the season.
Whitman's Andrew Schillinger made one of two free throws with two seconds left to give the Missionaries their short-lived 66-65 lead. On the ensuing inbounds play, a Linfield player threw a long pass that sailed out of bounds at Linfield's end of court. One official ruled that a Whitman player had tipped the ball, however, giving the Bearcats the ball at their end of the court and setting the stage for Berkey's heroics.
Linfield led 39-31 at halftime and stretched its advantage to 45-33 early in the second half. Whitman rallied behind a 17-7 spurt to knot the score at 50-50 with 11:16 left in the game.
The game stayed close the rest of the way. The final 11 minutes featured three ties and eight lead changes.
Tommy Lloyd led Whitman with 20 points and three steals. Dan Rough added 14 points, while Evan Jones had nine rebounds, seven points and six blocked shots. Alan Van Divort contributed seven rebounds and seven points.
Berkey and John Cannon paced Linfield with 12 points apiece. Cannon had 10 rebounds and Berkey nine.
Whitman's Tommy Lloyd fueled the road win with a season-best 30 points, 24 of which came in the first half as the Missionaries pieced together a 42-31 lead at the break. Lloyd, who scored 21 points in the first 10:30 of the game, hit six of 13 shots from the 3-point line and all six of his free throws.
Dan Rough nailed three of six 3-pointers and also canned six straight free throws en route a 21-point night. Rough continued his all-around play with six assists and five rebounds. As a team, the Missionaries cashed in 13 3-pointers and were 21 of 24 from the charity stripe.
Todd Wyatt added 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Evan Jones had 10 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in an injury-shortened evening. Jones sprained an ankle with five minutes left in the first half and did not play in the second half. Alan Van Divort contributed six boards, while Andrew Schillinger had five assists.
Puget Sound rallied early in the second half and led by as many as three points. But Rough nailed a 3-pointers with the 7:52 left in the game as the Missionaries pulled even at 62-62. Rough added another trey, as did Ladd Preppernau and Mike Keyser, to help Whitman regain control.
Whitman stayed within single digits on the scoreboard until a fastbreak bucket with 2:36 left in the game gave PLU a 64-53 lead. The Lutes outshot the Missionaries at the free throw line, hitting 20 of 21 attempts. Whitman made all ten of its free throws.
Dan Rough keyed the Missionary offense with 22 points, which included four 3-pointers. Tommy Lloyd struck three times from long range and finished with 15 points. Evan Jones, who did not start because of a sprained ankle, had 14 points in about 20 minutes of action, while Todd Wyatt snared a team-high seven rebounds to go with eight points.
Tommy Lloyd and Dan Rough paced Whitman with 17 points apiece. Lloyd also had four rebounds while Rough contributed a team-high seven assists.
The Missionaries also got 16 points, five rebounds and three blocks from Evan Jones, 10 points and four boards from Ladd Preppernau, nine points from Todd Wyatt, and five points and three blocks from Mike Keyser.
Whitman led 46-43 at halftime and moved ahead 51-43 in the first minute of the second half. After Pacific rallied to knot the score at 58-58 with 14:22 remaining, the two sides traded leads with Whitman moving back in front 71-68 on Wyatt's 3-pointer with 8:12 left. But a 12-0 Pacific spurt over the next 3:20 gave the Boxers a 80-71 lead with five minutes left. Pacific made six of eight free throws down the stretch to nail down the victory.
The Boxers jumped to early leads of 19-12 and 27-19 midway through the first half. But Whitman held Pacific scoreless for nearly five minutes and used a 13-0 run to take a 32-27 lead with 6:09 left in the first half. The Missionaries led 46-43 at the break.
Effinger hit eight of 11 3-pointers to break the Lewis & Clark school record for most treys in a single game. The 6-foot-2 guard scored 19 points in the first half as the Pioneers bolted to a 44-22 lead at the break.
Evan Jones paced Whitman with 17 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots. Ladd Preppernau converted four of six 3-point attempts and scored 16 points. Todd Wyatt added 13 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.
Andrew Schillinger contributed eight assists for Whitman, while Dan Rough handed out six.
Dan Rough led Whitman with a game-high 25 points along with six rebounds and four assists. Tommy Lloyd added 18 points while Evan Jones contributed 10 points and 10 boards. Todd Wyatt had 11 points and five rebounds. Andrew Schillinger chipped in with six assists.
Rough, who played all but two minutes of the game, made his first five free throws to extend his new NAIA Div. II free throw streak to 60 straight. He finally missed two straight free throws late in the game, however, to snap his streak.
Tommy Lloyd led the Whitman offense with 18 points. Dan Rough added 15 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Todd Wyatt had 10 points and five rebounds before fouling out, while Alan Van Divort hit the boards for eight rebounds.
A nip-and-tuck first half featured five ties and 10 lead changes. With the score tied at 33-33 with 4:12 remaining, Whitworth closed out the half on a 13-8 run to lead 46-41 at intermission. Whitman stayed within reach for much of the second half and trailed 81-75 with 6:33 left in the game. That's when Whitworth used a 9-0 spurt to pull away for good.
Dan Rough led Whitman with 25 points, which matched his season high. Rough also had six assists and five rebounds.
Whitman's Mike Keyser hit six of eight shots from the floor, including both of his 3-point attempts, to score 16 points, double his previous high-point game this season. The Missionaries also got 11 points from Ladd Preppernau and 10 points from Tommy Lloyd.
Todd Wyatt collected nine points and seven rebounds, and Alan Van Divort contributed eight rebounds along with six points. Andrew Schillinger had a team-high seven assists.
Jones, who was injured in last Friday's game at Linfield, averages 15.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
Dan Rough nailed five 3-pointers and paced Whitman with 23 points. Tommy Lloyd and Mike Keyser added 14 points apiece while Todd Wyatt chipped in with 13 points. Lloyd, Keyser and Wyatt were a combined nine of 11 from the 3-point stripe.
Andrew Schillinger was two of three on 3-pointers and Ladd Preppernau struck once from long range to complete Whitman's 3-point barrage.
The Missionaries also got 11 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots from Evan Jones, who missed most of the previous two games with a hip injury. Schillinger added a team-high eight assists.
Whitman led 46-28 at halftime and quickly extended its lead after the break. A picture-perfect alley-opp slam dunk from Schillinger to Jones at the 17:30 mark ignited what turned out to be a second-half slaughter. Wyatt kept the stampede rolling by bulling his way through several George Fox players to collect a loose ball and then connecting on back-to-back 3-pointers. His second trey gave the Missionaries a 59-38 lead with 15:55 left in the game.
Shortly thereafter, the Missionaries pieced together what many veteran observers say was their most impressive defensive stand in at least a month of Sundays. Beginning with a Jones bucket with 14:39 showing on the clock, Whitman outscored the Bruins 24-2 over the next 10 minutes.
Rough, who entered the game averaging a team-high 17.5 points, had 17 points at halftime. He left the game with 5:20 remaining and the rest of Whitman's starters soon followed. A total of 10 Whitman players made the scoring column.
Greg Durkin, a 6-foot-9 freshman who grabbed 22 rebounds in a recent junior varsity game, ended the game in thunderous fashion, slamming home a two-handed fast-break jam at the buzzer.
Whitman collected a dozen offensive rebounds and outboarded the Bruins 36-29. Keyser had a game-high eight rebounds for the Missionaries. Keyser also blocked two shots.
Whitman's Mike Keyser came off the bench to score 13 points in 16 minutes of action. Keyser, who was four of six from the floor and two of two from the free throw line, nailed all three of this 3-point attempts.
Whitman also got 13 points and six rebounds from Todd Wyatt. Evan Jones and Dan Rough grabbed seven boards each. Rough added 10 points and four assists while Jones had eight points.
Dan Rough triggered the Whitman offense with a game-high 22 points. He also grabbed four rebounds and two steals while dishing off three assists.
Todd Wyatt cleared the backboards for a game-high 10 rebounds. He added four steals, two blocked shots and five points.
Whitman also got 15 points and seven rebounds from Evan Jones and 12 points from Tommy Lloyd.
Dan Rough led Whitman with 24 points, hitting six of nine shots from 3-point range. He also had four rebounds.
Evan Jones added 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Missionaries. Tommy Lloyd had 17 points, while Andrew Schillinger contributed 12 assists and six points.
Whitman grabbed an early 18-7 lead before PLU rallied for a 41-39 halftime edge. The Missionaries regained a 45-43 lead three minutes into the second half before the Lutes edged back in front. Leading 57-54 with 11 minutes left in the game, PLU took control with an 11-1 run that produced a 68-55 lead with 8:30 remaining.
Whitman mounted one final challenge, cutting the deficit to 78-73 with four minutes left. But the Lutes scored off an offensive rebound and hit five of six free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Jones blocked two shots, raising his two-year career total at Whitman to an even 100, a school record. Jones also hit six of eight shots from the floor while scoring 12 points, one of five Missionaries in double figures, and collared six rebounds.
For the second consecutive night, Schillinger contributed 12 assists while committing just one turnover. He also had seven points and four steals. As Whitman's starting point guard the past two seasons, Schillinger handed out 284 assists (5.92 assists per game) while committing just 117 turnovers (2.4 turnovers per game). His assist-to-turnover ratio was far and away the best in the conference during those two seasons.
Saturday night, Whitman bolted to a 21-8 lead midway through the first half. The Loggers closed that deficit to 39-34 at intermission, but the Missionaries stayed in front throughout the second half.
Tommy Lloyd, also a senior, hit five 3-pointers and ended his collegiate career with a team-high 17 points. Also scoring in double digits for the Missionaries were Dan Rough with 14 points, Mike Keyser with 11 and Alan Van Divort with 10. Van Divort also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Todd Wyatt chipped in with eight points and five rebounds.