Whitman College Men's Basketball

1997-98 Season -- Game Summaries


Saturday, November 22
Eastern Oregon 76, Whitman 74

Whitman's Will Washington and Cameron Evans combined for 47 points, but Eastern Oregon University used a balanced scoring attack to post a 76-74 non-conference victory over the visiting Missionaries. Five Mountaineers scored between 19 and nine points.

Eastern Oregon did most of its damage from the 3-point line, hitting 12 of 25 shots from long range. Whitman, on the other hand, converted just one of 11 attempts from the 3-point stripe.

Washington, a junior point guard, led all scorers with 26 points, hitting 11 of 21 shots from the floor. He also had seven assists. Despite early foul trouble, Evans, a junior forward, hit eight of 14 shots from the floor to finish with 21 points. Whitman also got 12 points from Dan Rough.

"We missed a lot of easy shots in the first half," noted Whitman coach Skip Molitor. Leading 32-30 at the break, Eastern Oregon got hot from long range early in the second half, bolting to a 68-55 lead with seven minutes remaining. The Mountaineers canned nine of 13 3-point shots in the second half.

The Missionaries tightened their defense down the stretch, outscoring their hosts 19-5 to grab a 74-73 lead with 45 seconds remaining. After Eastern Oregon scored near the end of its next possession to regain a one point lead, the Missionaries missed a 3-pointer. With less than two seconds left to play, the Mountaineers made one of two free throws to extend their lead to 76-74 and give Whitman one final desperation shot.

Whitman's Todd Wyatt threw the ensuing inbounds pass the length of the floor, where Washington outleaped two defenders in the middle of the key. Coming down with the ball, Washington whirled and lofted a left-handed eight-footer toward the hoop. Unfortunately for the Missionaries, the ball rolled off the rim at the buzzer.

"It was a heck of a season-opening game for both teams," Molitor said. "After falling behind like we did, it was encouraging to see us come back at the end. We were on the road, playing against a full house, and the other team was shooting really well. We fought through all of that, and our defense forced 21 turnovers. It would have been nice to get the win, but it wasn't a bad effort on our part."

Eastern Oregon outrebounded Whitman 34-30. Rough and Wyatt had five rebounds apiece. Freshman Kevin Justice grabbed four boards and scored four points in just 13 minutes of playing time.

Despite its cold shooting from the 3-point line, Whitman was 30 of 58 overall from the floor. Eastern Oregon made 30 of its 61 shots.

Rough hit all four of his free throw attempts, but Whitman as a team was just 13 of 20 from the charity stripe.


Friday, December 5
George Fox 75, Whitman 67

Up 31-23 at halftime, Whitman fell victim to a second-half 3-point barrage as George Fox rallied for a 75-67 victory in Newberg, Oregon. It was the Northwest Conference opener for both schools.

Ryan Cruz, a freshman who didn't play in the first half, keyed the George Fox comeback, hitting six of eight 3-point shots in the second half. Cruz finished with 20 points.

"It was unbelievable," Whitman coach Skip Molitor said. "George Fox has five double-figure scorers returning this year, and we did a great job defensively against all five in the first half. Then, a freshman comes off the bench for them in the second half and scores 20. But that wasn't the only thing that beat us. We didn't play very well at all in the second half."

Whitman led by as many as 10 points in the first half. With Cruz hitting early and often in the second half, however, George Fox pulled even at 43-43 with 12:40 left to play.

Mike Keyser paced Whitman with 19 points. He hit six of 12 shots from the floor, including two of five attempts from the 3-point line. Keyser also was five of six from the free throw line, and he grabbed seven rebounds.

Cameron Evans added 16 points for Whitman, nailing six of 11 field goal attempts, including his only 3-point try. Will Washington contributed 14 points along with a team-high 10 rebounds and five assists. Todd Hendry connected on both of his 3-point shots.


Saturday, December 6
Whitman 80, Willamette 77

With four of its five starters scoring in double figures, Whitman rallied from a one-point halftime deficit to wrest an 80-77 Northwest Conference victory from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

The Missionaries, led by Dan Rough's 20 points, hit eight of 12 3-point bombs in the second half to fuel their comeback. Whitman was 12 of 24 from long-range for the game.

All five starters had at least one 3-pointer. Rough connected four times, while Mike Keyser and Todd Wyatt hit two apiece. Whitman also got one each from both Cameron Evans and Will Washington. For the second straight night, Todd Hendry came off the bench to hit both of his long-range attempts.

"We really controlled the first 15 minutes of the second half," Whitman coach Skip Molitor said. "We moved in front 71-58 before they got hot and made their final run at us."

Will Washington and Mike Keyser sank critical free throws in the final 12 seconds to help preserve the victory, which was Whitman's first triumph on Willamette's court in at least a decade.

Keyser finished with 15 points and five rebounds. Washington added 13 points, a team-high seven rebounds and five assists. Wyatt chipped in with 10 points and six boards, and Evans combined six points with five rebounds and three assists. Rough also did his share on the backboards, collecting six rebounds.

Rough's 20 points moved him into the No. 9 spot on Whitman's list of career scoring leaders.

Hendry, who scored eight points in just eight minutes of play, wasn't the only contributor off the Whitman bench. Tom Storey added five points in ten minutes of play, and freshman Kevin Justice had four boards and three points in five minutes of action.

"The bench guys really contributed in a big way," Molitor said. "They gave us 16 points and six boards in about 20 minutes, and it made a big difference."

Willamette bolted to a huge early lead, jumping in front 16-2 in the first four minutes. Whitman rallied for a 23-22 lead before the Bearcats closed the first half with a one-point lead.


Tuesday, December 9
University of Montana 86, Whitman 46

The outcome was predictable when Whitman traveled to the University of Montana to play a game of David vs. Goliath against the NCAA Div. I Grizzlies. Spoiling Whitman's hopes for a major upset, Montana worked its way to a 38-17 halftime lead and pulled away in the second half for an 86-46 victory.

Whitman enjoyed its only lead at the outset when Will Washington gave the Missionaries a 2-0 advantage 22 seconds into the game. The visitors stayed close through the first 12 minutes and trailed by just eight points, 21-13, following a jumper by Dan Rough and a layup by Cameron Evans. But the Grizzlies closed out the first half on a 17-4 run to extend their lead.

Montana, which lost to eventual national champion Kentucky in the opening round of last year's NCAA tournament, then opened the second half on a 17-0 tear to put the game out of reach.

Washington led Whitman with 14 points, six rebounds and three steals. Evans added a team-high eight rebounds along with seven points. Sophomore Todd Hendry came off the bench to hit a pair of 3-pointers. Freshman Rob Lambert, a graduate of Billings (Montana) Central High School, also hit a 3-pointer, scored seven points and grabbed a pair of rebounds in nine minutes of second-half action.

Mat Seidentsticker, a 6-4 junior guard, hit all five of his 3-point attempts and led the Grizzlies with 19 points. As a team, Montana connected on eight of 14 attempts from long range and 18 of 23 free throw attempts. Bob Olson, a 6-10 junior center, grabbed eight rebounds while Jared Buckmaster, a 6-foot-8 freshman, added 13 points.


Friday, December 13
Wildhorse Resort Classic -- First Round
U.C.-Santa Cruz 108, Walla Walla College 68

The University of California-Santa Cruz outscored Walla Walla College 108-68 in the opening round of the Wildhorse Resort Classic men's basketball tournament at Whitman College.

Adam Todd scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to pace U.C.-Santa Cruz. Stephen Abreu added 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. The Banana Slugs, who compete as an NCAA Div. III independent, improved to 4-4 on the season.

Also scoring in double figures for UC-Santa Cruz were Michael Halligan with 14 points, Jason Semanisin with 13 points and Jonathan Brewer with 11 points. Matt Wittmer contributed 12 rebounds and eight points.

Walla Walla College saw its season record fall to 3-3. The Wolves were led by Matt Westermeyer's 17 points, six rebounds and five steals. Jon Miler had 14 points, Kevin McCloskey had 11 points and J. Fackenthall had 10. Aaron Graybill grabbed a team-high seven rebounds for the Wolves.


Saturday, December 13
Wildhorse Resort Classic -- First Round
Whitman 96, Capilano 84

With four players scoring in double figures, Whitman pulled away in the second half and downed stubborn Capilano College of North Vancouver, British Columbia, 96-84, in the opening round of the Wildhorse Resort Classic men's basketball tournament in Sherwood Center.

Because Whitman played the game as an exhibition rather than as a part of its regular schedule, the victory does not count on the Missionary won-loss record. Individual statistics for Whitman players also do not count as part of their season totals.

Whitman held 10-point leads on three occasions in the first half, but Capilano stayed close and eventually trailed by just four points, 44-40, at the break. Early in the second half with the Missionaries up by one, 53-52, Cameron Evans completed a three-point play in the key and Dan Rough connected on his fifth 3-point bomb of the night to spark a 15-2 run that put Whitman in charge for good.

The Missionaries extended their lead to 24 points, 91-67, before coach Skip Molitor cleared his bench with 3:22 left in the game.

Rough, who had 16 points at halftime, added two three-pointers in the first five minutes of the second half to finish with a game-high 22 points. Rough hit five of seven shots from 3-point range.

Point guard Will Washington added 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Missionaries. Whitman also got 17 points and 12 rebounds from Evans and 16 points, five rebounds and four assists from Todd Wyatt. Wyatt hit all three of his 3-points attempts, and Whitman as a team was 11 of 18 from long range.

Tom Storey came off Whitman's bench to grab seven rebounds and score seven points in 17 minutes of play. Todd Hendry handed out six assists and hit his only 3-point attempt in 15 minutes of reserve action. Starting post player Mike Keyser yanked down nine rebounds.

Capilano, which competes in the 10-team British Columbia Collegiate Athletic Association, fell to 13-5 on the season. The Blues, who began their season in late September, had four players score in double figures.


Sunday, December 14
Wildhorse Resort Classic -- Championship Game
Whitman 87, UC-Santa Cruz 81, overtime

Their battles on the basketball floor are infrequent but lengthy. Playing Sunday night for only the second time in three seasons, the Missionaries of Whitman College took their second straight overtime victory from the Banana Slugs of the University of California-Santa Cruz in the championship game of Whitman's Wildhorse Resort Classic men's basketball tournament.

With the game deadlocked at 74-74 at the end of regulation, Whitman senior co-captain Todd Wyatt scored his only five points of the night to spark the Missionaries to an 87-81 overtime victory. In the last meeting between the two schools, in a game played in November, 1995, in Santa Cruz, Whitman also won in overtime, 80-77.

Earlier Sunday, Capilano College of North Vancouver, British Columbia, downed Walla Walla College 97-91 in the tournament consolation game.

Whitman's other senior co-captain, Dan Rough, was named the tournament Most Valuable Player. Rough, who scored 22 points in Saturday's opening round victory over Capilano, added 19 points, four rebounds and three steals against Santa Cruz. Also named to the all-tournament team for Whitman was Will Washington, who scorched Santa Cruz for 27 points, four assists and four rebounds Sunday.

Others named to the all-tourney team included two players from Santa Cruz, senior forward Adam Todd, who had 25 points, 12 rebounds and five assists Sunday, and Jason Semanisin, a sophomore guard who added 16 points. Also named to the all-tourney team were Capilano's Dave Kristensen, who scored 44 points and snared 18 rebounds in two games, and Walla Walla College's Jon Miler, who tallied 35 points in his two games.

Up by one point at halftime Sunday, Whitman scored the first 14 points of the second half to take a 49-34 lead with 16:20 left to play. With 11:18 remaining, the Missionaries continued to nurse a 15-point advantage, 61-46. That's when the Banana Slugs came creeping back, eventually evening the score at 71-71 with 3:04 left. Adam Todd nailed a 3-pointer with 2:22 showing on the clock to give Santa Cruz a 74-71 lead.

After Whitman's Mike Keyser connected on a sweeping hook in the key, Washington converted one of two free throws with 31 seconds left to force overtime. The Banana Slugs struck first in OT, getting a jumper from Adam Sinton to lead 76-74. But Wyatt drove the key, scored and was fouled at the 3:57 mark of overtime. He made the free throw to put the Missionaries ahead 77-76.

Tom Storey then put back his own missed shot to extend Whitman's lead to 79-76, but Todd buried another 3-pointer for the Banana Slugs to knot the score one final time. Story, Wyatt and Rough hit six free throws and Keyser finished a fast-break layup to give the Missionaries their final margin of victory.

Keyser finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Cameron Evans contributed 11 points and five boards.

Rough's 19 points moved him into seventh place on the list of Whitman's all-time leading scorers. With most of his senior season remaining, Rough has 1,272 career points.


Saturday, December 20
Gonzaga 90, Whitman 44

NCAA Div. I Gonzaga stretched its season record to 10-2 with a 90-46 drubbing of Whitman in Spokane.

The Missionaries stayed close for the first ten minutes of the game, even though Gonzaga raced to a 7-0 lead at the outset. After Dan Rough got the Missionaries rolling with a 3-pointer and layup, Mike Keyser added a trey of his own and Tom Storey converted one of two free throws. With 12:56 left in the first half, Whitman trailed by just four points, 13-9.

Leading 18-11 at the 10-minute mark, Gonzaga slowly pulled away to lead 38-20 at the break. The Bulldogs then kicked off the second half with a 25-7 spurt to put the game out of reach midway through the second half.

Rough with 11 points and Will Washington with 10 paced the Whitman offense. Storey, getting a start in his hometown, responded with a team-high eight rebounds and seven points. Cameron Evans came off the bench to score nine points.

Gonzaga enjoyed a 45-30 advantage on the backboards and outscored Whitman 24-6 in second-chance points. The Bulldogs also outscored the Missionaries 29-4 off turnovers.


Saturday, January 3
Whitman 86, Fontbonne College 82

Playing without two of its starters and a top reserve, Whitman rallied from a five-point halftime deficit to slip past Fontbonne College of St. Louis, Missouri, 86-82, in the opening round of the Chaminade University Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Starters Will Washington and Todd Wyatt did not play because of nagging injuries, and reserve Tom Storey -- because he has played in a handful of junior varsity games -- needed to sit out one game to remain eligible for the remainder of Whitman's conference games. Whitman coach Skip Molitor decided not to play either Washington (groin pull) or Wyatt (deep hip bruise) in hopes that more rest will help remedy their health problems before the conference season resumes Jan. 9-10.

With its roster depleted, Whitman got solid contributions from all five players who started.

Dan Rough, who led all scorers with 25 points, nailed five 3-pointers to most past Keith Orchard (Class of 1991) for most 3-point buckets in school history. With much of his senior season yet to unfold, Rough pushed his career 3-point total to 252, three more than Orchard.

Cameron Evans added 20 points, a team-high 12 rebounds and four assists for Whitman. Freshman Kevin Justice contributed 17 points, five boards and five assists, and post player Mike Keyser had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Todd Hendry, the only starter not to score in double figures, finished with seven points, eight assists and four rebounds.


Sunday, January 4
Chaminade University 86, Whitman 62

Playing short-handed for the second consecutive night, Whitman stayed close for much of the game before Chaminade University pulled away in the final 10 minutes for an 86-62 victory in the championship game of a four-team tournament hosted by the Silverswords.

Chaminade, an NCAA Div. II school, led by just two points, 33-31, at the break and inched ahead 50-45 with about 12 minutes left.

"It was a great game for 30 minutes," Whitman coach Skip Molitor said. "We were ahead most of the first half. They had trouble attacking our defense, and they weren't shooting the ball very well. But then they got things rolling and it open the last 10 minutes. Still, this was the first time this season we've been very competitive against a team that plays at a significantly higher classification."

Dan Rough hit five of seven 3-point shots and paced Whitman with 21 points. He also had five rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Freshman Rob Lambert scored twice from 3-point range and finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Tom Storey grabbed six boards and scored nine points before fouling out.

Starters Will Washington and Todd Wyatt missed the game because of injuries. Reserves Todd Hendry and Kevin Justice also watched from the sidelines to preserve their eligibility for the remainder of Whitman's conference season. Both Hendry and Justice used part of their eligibility in junior varsity games earlier in the season.


Friday, January 9
Whitman 75, Linfield 68

Senior co-captain Dan Rough scored a season-high 31 points to move into sixth place on Whitman's all-time scoring list as the Missionaries downed Linfield College 75-68 in Northwest Conference action in Sherwood Center.

Rough pushed his career point total to 1,360, passing Max G. Johnson, who scored 1,354 points before graduating from Whitman in 1959. Johnson, who now lives in Bellevue, Wash., still holds the school records for most rebounds in a season (385) and career (1,150).

Rough, who scored 19 points in the first half to stake Whitman to a 31-28 lead at the break, hit eight of 13 shots from the 3-point arc. He has made a total of 265 3-point baskets at Whitman, a school record.

Whitman also got a game-high 13 rebounds and 15 points from Cameron Evans. Todd Hendry added 10 points, four assists and four steals, and freshman Kevin Justice had 11 points, five rebounds and two steals.

Whitman, which never trailed in the game, led 20-12 midway through the first half before Linfield rallied to forge the game's only deadlock, 28-28, with a 1:35 left before intermission. Rough's fifth 3-pointer of the half, coming with four seconds showing on the clock, gave Whitman its halftime lead.

The Missionaries took control early in the second half and allowed the Wildcats no closer than five points the rest of the way. Whitman led 69-56 with 2:25 remaining in the game.


Saturday, January 10
Whitman 88, Pacific 84, overtime

With Dan Rough scoring 31 points for the second consecutive night, Whitman outlasted Pacific 88-84 in overtime in Sherwood Center. The Missionaries improved to 3-1 in Northwest Conference action while Pacific fell to 0-5.

Cameron Evans also posted his second straight strong game, scoring 20 points while grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds. Freshman Kevin Justice added 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Mike Keyser chipped in nine points and four rebounds.

The game was deadlocked 40-40 at intermission, although Whitman had led for most of the first half. The Missionaries took charge early in the second half, bolting to a 59-48 lead with 13:21 left to play. That's when Pacific rallied, knotting the score at 66-66 at the 5:30 mark and then taking its first lead of the night at 70-69 with 4:02 left.

The Boxers quickly added a two-pointer and pair of free throws to extend its lead to 74-69 with 3:10 showing on the clock. But Justice scored off an offensive rebound and Evans rolled off a screen to nail a 3-pointer and pull Whitman even. Justice also converted two of four free throws in the final minute to help send the game to overtime, with the scored tied at 76-76.

Evans hit another 3-pointer 13 seconds into the OT session, but Pacific responded with a trey of its own. After Rough iced four straight free throws to give the Missionaries a four-point cushion, Pacific answered with a five-point run to take an 84-83 lead with 1:44 left in overtime.

Evans scored inside to put Whitman back on top by one point, and Justice made a driving layin with 35 seconds left to stretch the lead to three. Evans hit one of two free throws with five seconds left to seal the win.


Friday, January 16
Lewis & Clark 85, Whitman 78

Mike Keyser and freshman Kevin Justice scored 19 points apiece, but host Lewis & Clark held off a second-half Whitman rally to post an 85-78 Northwest Conference victory over the Missionaries.

The Pioneers nailed six 3-pointers in the first half to take a 40-31 lead at the break. Whitman outscored Lewis & Clark 47-45 in the second half, but it wasn't enough to overcome the first-half deficit.

Keyser hit nine of 13 shots from the floor while grabbing six rebounds. Justice, who was seven of 14 from the field and five of six from the free throw line, ripped down a game-high 13 rebounds.

Dan Rough was two of four from 3-point range while scoring 15 points. Cameron Evans tallied 14 points and had 11 boards before fouling out.

Will Washington, who normally starts at the point for Whitman, continues to struggle with a pulled groin muscle. He scored nine points in just 20 minuts of action.

Senior co-captain Todd Wyatt, another early-season starter, missed the game because of the flu.


Saturday, January 17
Pacific Lutheran 98, Whitman 76

Pacific Lutheran hit 55 percent of its shots from the floor and handed visiting Whitman its worst Northwest Conference loss of the season, 98-76, Saturday night in Tacoma.

Cameron Evans turned in a huge game for the Missionaries, scoring a game-high 27 points (his season high) while grabbing a team-high seven rebounds. Dan Rough, who hit five of nine 3-point attempts, scored 21 points and had four boards.

Also scoring in double figures for Whitman were Kevin Justice with 12 points and Will Washington with 10. Washington, who has been slowed in recent weeks by injury, also had five rebounds in 22 minutes of playing time.

Todd Hendry had six assists to lead Whitman in that category. Todd Wyatt, an early season starter, missed the game because of the flu.

PLU led 44-34 at halftime and then continued to stretch its lead in the second half.


Friday, January 23
Puget Sound 71, Whitman 69

Midway through the first half, Whitman held a 28-17 lead over visiting Puget Sound and seemed ready to make a short night out of the Loggers. But the visitors rallied to knot the score at 40-40 at halftime, and eventually held off Whitman down the second-half stretch to escape with a 71-69 Northwest Conference victory.

Puget Sound took charge early in the second half and led by seven points, 54-47, with 14:26 left to play. After Whitman pulled even at 57-57 at the 9:00 mark, the Loggers jumped back in front, 68-62, with 4:29 remaining.

Cameron Evans hit Whitman's next two baskets to make the score 68-66 with 1:04 left. The Missionaries then a had a chance to take the lead, but a 3-point attempt was off the mark with 21 seconds showing on the clock.

Puget Sound converted three of six free throws in the closing seconds before Whitman's Todd Hendry hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to complete the scoring.

Evans paced Whitman with 20 points and six rebounds, while Will Washington had 19 points, six rebounds and four assists. Dan Rough added nine points for Whitman.


Saturday, January 24
Whitman 99, Seattle University 79

During an eight-minute stretch evenly divided by the halftime break, Whitman outscored visiting Seattle 29-3 and later coasted to a 99-79 Northwest Conference victory.

Seattle hit five 3-pointers in the first six minutes of play and led by as many as 11 points late in the first half. But the Missionaries closed out the half on a 15-3 run to take a 49-42 lead at the break. Whitman scored the first 14 points of the second half to extend its lead to 63-42 with 16:29 left in the game.

Seattle finally broke the spell with a two-bucket, igniting a 12-4 run that narrowed its deficit to 67-54 with 12:13 left. But Whitman responded with 11 unanswered points, nine of which came from the free throw line, to produce a 24-point cushion with 10:17 left on the clock.

Dan Rough scored 28 points -- 19 in the first half -- move into fifth place on Whitman's career scoring list. Rough has now scored 1,442 points as a Missionary.

Rough passed Dave Snow, a 1965 graduate who scored 1,431 points at Whitman. Snow, who played his prep basketball at Snohomish, Wash., High School, is now a professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Whitman also got 16 points, six rebounds and six assists from Will Washington and 12 points and 11 rebounds from Cameron Evans. Todd Hendry had 16 points and four assists, while Mike Keyser added 13 points. Todd Wyatt added nine points, six assists and four rebounds.


Tuesday, January 27
Whitworth 80, Whitman 68

With Whitman struggling badly with foul trouble and a cold shooting performance, visiting Whitworth bolted to a 42-23 halftime lead and then held off the Missionaries over the final 20 minutes to register an 80-68 Northwest Conference victory in Sherwood Center.

The Missionaries misfired from close range on several occasions early in the game and scored just 11 points during the game's first 10 minutes. Whitman's fortunes took another turn for the worse soon thereafter when Will Washington, already saddled with two quick fouls, picked up his third foul on a borderline rebounding call.

Whitman made a number of mini-runs at the Pirates in the second half, but they could draw no closer than 13 points until the final minute of play.

Cameron Evans gave the Missionaries an inspired effort, scoring a game-high 22 points while grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds. Todd Wyatt added 11 points and six rebounds.

Whitman also got eight points each from Washington, Dan Rough and Todd Hendry, who also had seven assists.


Friday, January 30
Whitman 90, George Fox 78

Whitman evened its Northwest Conference record at 5-5 and knocked George Fox out of sole possession of first place with a 90-78 victory over the Bruins in Sherwood Center. The loss dropped George Fox's record to 8-2, dipping the Bruins into a momentary tie for first place with Whitworth. George Fox and Whitworth play Saturday night in Spokane.

Whitman used a 13-0 early in the first half Friday night to grab a 15-6 lead over George Fox Friday night. The Bruins rallied with a 10-0 spurt of their own to knot the score at 21-21. After George Fox inched ahead by two points on three occasions, Whitman closed out the first half on a 17-9 spree to lead 40-34 at halftime.

The Missionaries maintained control through the first 10 minutes of the second half, expanding its lead to 70-50. A Bruin comeback cut the lead to six points, 73-67, with four minutes left to play, but Whitman regained a double-digit lead and coasted to victory.

Dan Rough, currently the fifth-leading scorer in school history, tallied a game-high 27 points to boost his four-year total to 1,476 points. Rough also had six steals and four rebounds.

Will Washington added 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Mike Keyser had 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Cameron Evans contributed nine points, four rebounds and four assists, while Todd Hendry five points, five assists and four boards. Todd Wyatt hit the glass for seven rebounds.


Saturday, January 31
Whitman 65, Willamette 59

With both teams knotted at 5-5 in the Northwest Conference standings, it was no surprise that Whitman and Willamette battled all game long to finish the weekend with a victory and an edge in the conference playoff race. It was also no surprise that the outcome was not settled until the final minute, or that Whitman's Dan Rough hit four straight free throws in the final 18 seconds to put the finishing touches on a 65-59 victory.

With the game deadlocked at 59-59, Whitman's Cameron Evans rolled into the key and scored with 57 seconds showing on the clock to give the Missionaries the lead for good. Rough, who has converted more than 90 percent of his free throws over the past four years, then sealed the win with four straight from the line.

Rough finished with a game-high 20 points, leaving him just four points shy of the 1,500 mark for his career. He will become only the fifth player at Whitman to reach that scoring plateau.

Willamette led 36-35 after the first half of play, which featured six ties and six lead changes. Whitman started the second half on an 11-2 run to lead 48-40, but Willamette countered with an 8-0 run of its own to forge a 50-50 tie with 8:16 remaining.

The Bearcats took their last lead at 55-53 with 5:21 remaining. After Rough made a pair of free throws to knot the score, Will Washington picked off a steal and sprinted the length of the court for a slam dunk. A minute later, after scoring again to give Whitman a 59-57 lead, Washington stuffed Willamette's next possession with a blocked shot that the Missionaries controlled.

The Bearcats pulled even one final time at 59-59 with 1:21 left. It was the sixth tie score of the second half.

Washington finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Evans totaled 10 points and eight rebounds. Mike Keyser chipped in with seven points and seven rebounds, while freshman Kevin Justice and Rough grabbed five boards each. Todd Hendry nailed three treys to finish with nine points.


Friday, February 6
Whitman 75, Linfield 65

Playing short-handed on the road, Whitman bolted to a 41-25 halftime lead and shot 57 percent from the floor for the game to whip Linfield 75-65 in a Northwest Conference game played in McMinnville, Oregon. The victory, the second of the season over the Wildcats, improved Whitman's conference record to 7-5 and kept the Missionaries in the hunt for a playoff berth.

With starter Will Washington playing just six minutes in a reserve role, the Missionaries sharpened their shooting eyes and nailed 29 of 51 shots from the floor, which included six of 11 3-point attempts.

Washington, who had 40 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists in two games last weekend, suffered a cut (stitches required) on his right hand earlier this week.

Cameron Evans helped pick up the slack for Whitman. He scored 22 points while hitting 10 of 13 shots from the field. He made his only 3-pointer and free throw. He played just 26 minutes due to foul trouble.

Dan Rough scored 20 points, becoming only the fifth player in the history of Whitman basketball to pass the 1,500-point mark for a career. He finished the game with 1,516 career points.

Rough, who holds the school record for most 3-point baskets in a career, was three of six from six from long range. He also had four rebounds.

Todd Hendry canned both of his 3-point tries and finished with 10 points. The Missionaries also got 10 points from Mike Keyser, who was four of five from the floor.

In just 14 minutes of playing time, freshman Kevin Justice added nine points with a perfect shooting night. Justice made all three of his shots from the floor and all three of attempts from the charity stripe.

While taking only four shots and scoring only four points, Todd Wyatt was the man on the boards for Whitman. The senior co-captain grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. He also had four assists and two steals.

Linfield was as cold from the floor as Whitman was hot. The Wildcats shot just 29.6 percent in the first half and finished the game with a chilly 36.5 percent shooting night.


Saturday, February 7
Pacific 76, Whitman 60

Down by 18 points to Pacific University at halftime, Whitman opened the second half with a 27-9 scoring surge to even the game at 47-47 with 7:20 left to play. From that point, however, it was all downhill for the Missionaries as the host Boxers pulled away down the stretch for a 76-60 Northwest Conference victory in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Whitman made just seven of 26 shots from the floor to dig its first-half hole. The Missionaries fueled their second-half rally by hitting 16 of 32 shots.

Cameron Evans led Whitman with 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Todd Hendry connected on four of eight shots from the floor, including two of four from 3-point range, while scoring 11 points and handing out four assists. Both Evans and a second starter, Mike Keyser, fouled out of the game.

Dan Rough and Will Washington finished with nine points each. Washington, nursing a cut on his right hand, played just 18 minutes in a reserve role. He also had four rebounds, three assists and two steals.


Tuesday, February 10
Whitworth 92, Whitman 82

There is nothing easy, obviously, about beating Whitworth College in the friendly confines of its own gym. Whitman connected on 50 percent of its shots from the floor and had four players score in double figures, but it wasn't enough to keep Whitworth from rolling to its 41st consecutive home-floor victory Tuesday night at the expense of the Missionaries. The Pirates, who shot 61 percent from the floor, inched ahead 43-39 at halftime en route to a 92-82 victory.

The victory moved Whitworth, ranked No. 8 in the NAIA nationally, into first place in the Northwest Conference with an 11-3 record.

Dan Rough hit six of 10 3-point attempts and scored a game-high 26 points, which vaulted him into fourth place on the all-time career scoring list at Whitman. Rough upped his career total to 1,551, one point ahead of Bruce Bennett, who did his scoring in just three seasons. Following his junior season in 1969, Bennett transferred to Columbia University as part of Whitman's 3-2 engineering program.

Cameron Evans added 17 points, four assists and three rebounds for Whitman, while Mike Keyser had 16 points ad six boards. Point guard Todd Hendry had 12 points, 10 assists and three steals.


Friday, February 13
Lewis & Clark 88, Whitman 79

Down 51-49 at halftime, Lewis & Clark opened the second half on a 7-0 run and rolled to an 88-79 Northwest Conference victory over Whitman in Sherwood Center.

The Pioneers parlayed their quick start in the second half to a 74-62 cushion with 7:29 left in the game, and Missionaries drew no closer than five points down the stretch.

Todd Hendry paced Whitman with a season-high 19 points and nine assists. Four other Missionaries scored in double figures, led by Cameron Evans who had 15 points and nine rebounds. Will Washington added 14 points and five rebounds, while Mike Keyser and Todd Wyatt scored 10 points each.

Dan Rough scored nine points to extend his career scoring total at Whitman to 1,560. He ranks fourth on the school's career scoring list.

Whitman hit eight of 16 3-point attempts in the first half to take its 51-49 lead at the break. Hendry had the hot hand for the Missionaries in the first 20 minutes, nailing all three of his 3-points attempts while scoring 13 points and handing out six assists.


Saturday, February 14
Pacific Lutheran 87, Whitman 76

The Pacific Lutheran University men ended Whitman's post-season playoff hopes Saturday night by downing the Missionaries 87-76 in Sherwood Center.

After the Lutes rolled to a 52-39 halftime lead, Whitman rallied in the second half, twice cutting its deficit to one point, the second time when Cameron Evans rolled to the hoop and scored with 3:24 on the clock to make the score 72-71.

The Missionaries still trailed by just three points, 75-72, at the 1:54 mark when Will Washington connected from the free throw line. But the Lutes responded with three quick baskets and pulled away.

Washington led Whitman with 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Todd Hendry added 16 points and four steals.

Dan Rough scored 14 points for the Missionaries to extend his career scoring total at Whitman to 1,574 points.

Todd Wyatt had nine points and six boards for Whitman, while Evans had nine rebounds and seven points. Kevin Justice added nine points and four rebounds.


Friday, February 20
Puget Sound 76, Whitman 73

The University of Puget Sound stunned visiting Whitman with 10 first-half 3-pointers, racing to a 53-29 lead at the break, and then held off a Missionary rally to take a 76-73 Northwest Conference victory.

Dan Rough sparked the Whitman offense with a game-high 22 points, which included six 3-point baskets. Cameron Evans added 19 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Todd Hendry had 14 points while Will Washington contributed 10 points and four boards.

Rough's latest scoring outburst catapulted him into third place on Whitman's all-time career scoring list. With 1,618 career points to his credit, Rough moved past Dave Mastin, a Washington state legislator who scored 1,605 points before graduating in 1987.

Rough needs just four points in his final game against Seattle University to move past 1991 graduate Keith Orchard into second place on Whitman's career scoring list.

With his six 3-pointers against Puget Sound, Rough raised his school record for most 3-pointers in a career to 313.


Saturday, February 21
Whitman 95, Seattle 91

Cameron Evans scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and Dan Rough closed out his record-setting career with 21 points, as Whitman outlasted host Seattle University 95-91.

Rough iced the victory by scoring the go-ahead basket and adding two free throws in the waning seconds. His 21 points in his final game as a Missionary vaulted him into second place on Whitman's all-time career scoring list, moving him past 1991 graduate Keith Orchard. Rough finished with 1,639 points, 18 more than Orchard.

Rough hit five of seven 3-point attempts to lead Whitman to a hot night from long range. As a team, the Missionaries connected on 11 of 18 of their 3-point tries. Todd Hendry nailed three of four from the arc, while Will Washington was two of three. Mike Keyser made his only 3-point attempt of the night.

Rough holds Whitman school records for most 3-point baskets in a career (318), season (90) and game (10).

Against Seattle Saturday, Whitman shot over 60 percent from the floor in both halves of play and finished the night by making 33 of 56 shots from the floor, or a season-high 68.9 percent. Evans was nine of 16 from the floor in racking up his 25 points.

Washington was seven of 12 from the field while scoring 20 points. He also had seven rebounds.

Hendry finished with 17 points on six of eight shooting from the floor. He also had five assists and three steals.

Todd Wyatt had five rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot in his final game as a Missionary. Davor Rukavina made his only shot of the night to score two points in his last game. Freshman Kevin Justice added seven points.