With six players scoring in double figures, the Whitman men's basketball team rolled to a 101-81 exhibition game victory over a Whitman alumni team Saturday night in Sherwood Center.
Erik Kofler, a 6-foot-8 junior post, combined 20 rebounds with 19 points to spark the varsity squad's win. Matt Kelly, a junior guard, made eight of 13 shots from the floor for a game-high 21 points. Nick Parker, a senior forward, canned five of six shots from the 3-point line to finish with 17 points.
Todd Hendry, representing the Missionary Class of 2000, led the alumni with 13 points and seven rebounds. Scott Erickson, a current Whitman assistant coach who graduated in 2003, chipped in with 12 points, as did 2000 graduate Jimmy Hill, now the head coach at Walla Walla College. Mark Bouma from the Class of 2003 tallied 10 points.
Andrew Schillinger ('97) and Jay McLaughlin ('95) added eight points each for the alumni. Keith Orchard, a 1991 graduate who ranks third on Whitman's all-time scoring list with 1,621 points, finished with six points and four rebounds.
Others scoring in double figures for the varsity were sophomore Ian Warner with 14 points and sophomore Kyle Born and freshman Garth Brandal with 11 points apiece.
All 11 alumni who played in the game scored at least two points.
Whitman's Matt Kelly posted game-high totals in points with 24 and rebounds with eight, but Northwest College emerged with a 74-65 victory over the Missionaries Tuesday night in Kirkland, Wash.
The Eagles improved to 5-1 on the season. Tuesday's game was Whitman's season opener.
Kelly, who hit 10 of 21 shots from the floor, is a 6-foot-2 junior guard who played his first two seasons of college ball at Walla Walla Community College. Sophomore Ian Warner, subbing at the point for Whitman, added 14 points, four assists and three steals.
Whitman will play its first seven games without junior point guard Greg Ricker, an All-Northwest Conference player a year ago. Ricker, who led Whitman in scoring and the NWC in assists last season, is studying this semester in an off-campus program in Philadelphia, Pa., and won't be eligible to play until late December.
In Tuesday's game, the Missionaries raced to a quick 10-2 lead in the first six minutes of play. Whitman retained its lead until Patrick Hillis drained an eight-foot jumper at the halftime buzzer to give Northwest a 31-30 lead at the break.
The Eagles scored the first nine points of the second half and eventually stretched their lead to 43-30 with 12:50 left to play. Whitman responded with an 11-2 scoring spurt, capped by a Kelly three-pointer, to pull within four points with 9:31 remaining. That was as close as the Missionaries would come, however, as the home team converted 14 of 17 free throws down the stretch.
Northwest, an NAIA school, shot 49 percent from the floor, outrebounded Whitman 36-31 and outscored the Missionaries by 10 points at the free throw line. Andrew Sawyer led a trio of Eagles in double figures with 19 points.
Whitman shot 40.4 percent from the field, which included six of 19 three-point attempts. Kelly, who played all 40 minutes, was three of eight from beyond the arc.
Garth Brandal, a Whitman freshman, scored eight points and grabbed four boards off the bench. Seniors Nick Parker and Mike Peterson each tallied seven points.
Northwest has now beaten three NWC schools to open its season. Last week, the Eagles downed Pacific 74-62 and edged George Fox 63-59.
Whitman plays its home opener this Sunday, Nov. 28, against Evergreen State College, another NAIA school. The game starts at 7 p.m. in Sherwood Center.
Down by 23 points midway through the second half, the Whitman men's basketball rallied to within seven points before dropping a 68-60 decision to Evergreen State College Sunday night in Sherwood Center.
Evergreen State, an NAIA Div. II school, upped its early season record to 3-5, while Whitman remains winless in two games.
Trailing 40-22 at halftime, Whitman saw its deficit grow to 56-33 with 10:42 left to play. That's when the Missionaries uncorked an 18-2 scoring burst that closed the gap to 58-51 with 5:57 left. After sophomore Ian Warner triggered the comeback with two free throws and his second three-pointer of the night, freshman post Aaron Hazel added to the frenzy with five points in the paint.
Evergreen State stemmed the tide at that point, however, with senior forward Walter Tucker scoring six of the next eight Geoduck points. Jonathan Hammond drained two free throws with 1:56 on the clock to extend Evegreen's lead back to 15 points at 68-53.
Whitman made one last push as senior Nick Parker nailed two three-pointers, the last one pulling the home team to within 68-60 on the scoreboard with 53 seconds still left to play. After Hammond missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity, a Missionary three-pointer failed to drop with 26 seconds remaining.
Evergreen took charge early in the game, building a 17-9 cushion over the first five minutes. Matt Kelly's basket at the 13:17 mark of the first half cut the Geoduck lead to 20-16, but the visitors answered with four three-pointers and 16 unanswered points to move in front by 20.
Sophomore Kyle Born turned in a strong game for the Missionaries, scoring 14 points to go with a game-high 14 rebounds and three blocked shots. Born, who snared six offensive rebounds, made six of 10 shots from the floor.
Also scoring in double figures for Whitman were Kelly, who scored 12 points, and Warner, who finished with 11. Parker added eight points and four rebounds, while junior Erik Kofler recovered from early foul trouble to combine seven points with seven boards. Whitman outboarded Evergreen State 42-39.
Six Geoducks scored nine or more points. Tucker led the charge with 16 points. Two more seniors, Julius Marshall and Josh Peterson, added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Whitman next heads to California's University of Redlands for a three-day tournament that begins Thursday. The Missionaries return home Dec. 10-11 for their annual Wildhorse Resort Tournament.
Despite shooting 58 percent from the floor and winning the rebound battle 77-50, the Whitman men's basketball team dropped a 148-123 decision to the University of Redlands in Thursday's opening round of the 57th Annual Lee Fulmer Memorial Tournament in Redlands, Calif.
The host Bulldogs, who are averaging more than 140 points per game this season, improved to 4-0 on the season. Whitman, which got huge games from sophomore Kyle Born and junior Erik Kofler, slipped to 0-3.
Using a frenzied run-and-gun attack adopted last year by coach Gary Smith, Redlands sent 21 players onto the floor and hit 31 of 90 three-point attempts. Six Bulldogs scored in double figures, and all but two players tallied at least two points.
Whitman's Born, a 6-foot-5 forward, had a monster game, scoring a game-high 34 points while converting 17 of 24 shots from the floor. He also snared 16 rebounds, 10 at the offensive end of the floor, and handed out three assists.
Kofler, Whitman's 6-foot-8 post, made eight of 13 shots from the floor in scoring 20 points, and he pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds. Junior guard Matt Kelly also had a strong game, scoring 22 points to go with six rebounds and six assists. Senior forward Nick Parker chipped in with 15 points and four boards.
The Bulldogs nailed 19 three-pointers in the first half in storming to a 79-54 lead. Both teams scored 69 points in the second half.
Sophomore guard Amir Mazarei, who finished with 30 points, sparked the Redlands long-range assault, making seven of 17 shots from behind the three-point arc. A dozen Bulldogs made at least one three-pointer. Meanwhile, Whitman made just five of 10 shots from long range. Kelly and Parker each had two, while freshman reserve Paul Burdett had one.
Redlands also made life miserable for Whitman in the turnover department, forcing the Missionaries into 36 miscues while committing just nine of their own.
The loss drops Whitman into the consolation bracket of the eight-team tournament. The Missionaries next play the University of California-Santa Cruz at 4 p.m. Friday. Santa Cruz lost its tournament opener, 90-78, to Loras College of Dubuque, Iowa.
In Thursday's other first-round games, Chapman downed La Verne 98-80 and California State-Hayward raced past Pacific Lutheran 124-109.
With Erik Kofler posting his second double-double in as many games, the Whitman men's basketball team outscored the University of California-Santa Cruz 91-85 in Friday's consolation bracket of the Lee Fulmer Memorial Tournament, taking place at the University of Redlands.
Now 1-3 on the season, Whitman plays at 4 p.m. Saturday in the consolation bracket's championship game. The Missionaries battle Northwest Conference rival Pacific Lutheran, which downed the University of La Verne 97-91 on Friday.
Making eight of 16 three-point shots in the first half, Whitman bolted to a 53-41 halftime lead against Santa Cruz. Overall, the Missionaries shot 51 percent from the floor in the opening half, hitting 21 of 41 shots. Meanwhile, the Banana Slugs were making 55 percent of their shots, although they made just one of five three-point attempts.
Whitman added four more treys in the second half to protect its lead and hand winless Santa Cruz its sixth loss of the season.
Kofler, a 6-foot-8 post, led Whitman with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Thursday night, in a loss to Redlands, Kofler had 20 points and 18 rebounds.
Matt Kelly, a 6-foot-2 junior guard, also enjoyed another strong game, scoring 20 points to go with six assists and five rebounds. Kelly made seven of 12 shots from the floor, including three of five from beyond the three-point arc. Kelly's numbers were similar to his output in Thursday's game, when he had 22 points, six boards and six assists.
Sophomore point guard Ian Warner also connected on three of five tries from long range, finishing with 17 points and six assists. Senior guard Mike Peterson added eight points, five rebounds and four assists. Both Peterson and Kofler nailed two three-pointers.
One night after scoring 34 points and snaring 16 rebounds against Redlands, sophomore forward Kyle Born ran into foul trouble and played just 17 minutes. Born had six points, four rebounds and three assists.
Matt Kelly and Erik Kofler combined for 38 points to lead the Whitman men's basketball team to an 86-74 victory over Pacific Lutheran in Saturday's consolation bracket championship game of the Lee Fulmer Memorial Tournament in Redlands, Calif.
Winning for the second time in three tournament games, the Missionaries elevated their early season record 2-3. Whitman is playing its non-conference schedule without All-Northwest Conference point guard Greg Ricker, who has spent the fall semester in an off-campus study program in Philadelphia, Pa. Ricker rejoins the team in late December.
Kelly notched 20 points against Pacific Lutheran, hitting seven of 11 shots from the floor, including three of six attempts from the three-point line. The 6-foot-2 junior guard also had three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Kofler, a junior post, added 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Missionaries.
As a team, Whitman shot 53.6 percent from the floor in the first half to move in front 42-37. The Missionaries cooled off a bit in the second half, although their shooting percentage for the game was a healthy 49.1 percent.
Sophomore point guard Ian Warner, subbing for Ricker, had another solid game, scoring 16 points to go with five rebounds and four assists. Sophomore forward Kyle Born contributed 12 points and seven boards. Seniors Mike Peterson and Nick Parker were good for eight and six points, respectively.
Whitman outrebounded the Lutes 41-36. The loss dropped Pacific Lutheran, one of Whitman's NWC rivals, to 2-5 on the season.
Redlands, the tournament's host team, claimed the first place trophy Saturday night with a 143-138 victory over California State-Hayward. Whitman's Kofler was one of six players named to the all-tournament team. In his three tournament games, Kofler scored 59 points and grabbed 39 rebounds. He added four assists, three blocked shots and three steals.
The Missionaries return home next Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10-11, to host the annual Wildhorse Resort Classic. Whitman plays Northwest College at 7 p.m. Friday. The other two teams in the tournament are Lewis-Clark State and Whitworth.
Despite junior Matt Kelly's game-high 25 points, the Whitman men's basketball team dropped a 74-70 overtime decision to Northwest College in a first-round game of the Wildhorse Resort Classic Friday night in Sherwood Center. The loss leaves the Missionaries with a 2-4 record. Northwest is now 8-3 on the season.
Up by as many as 12 points in the first half, Whitman held a comfortable 39-29 lead at the break. After the Missionaries edged in front by 13 early in the second half, Northwest came storming back. A 12-1 scoring spurt brought the Eagles to within two points, 46-44, with 15:27 remaining, but Whitman answered with a run of its own, highlighted by a fast-break dunk by Kelly, and an alley-oop dunk by junior Erik Kofler on a pass from sophomore Ian Warner. That pushed the Missionary lead back into double digits at 57-46 at the 10:53 mark.
Down 60-48 with nine minutes left and still training by eight with six minutes remaining, Northwest refused to lose, scoring the game's next 10 points to take a 64-62 lead. Warner sliced through the key for a lay-up with eight seconds left to knot the score and send the game to overtime.
The Eagles came out firing in the extra five-minute session, scoring the first eight points. Kelly nailed a three-pointer with 1:54 left on the clock to trim the deficit to 72-67, but two Grant Enloe free throws gave Northwest some breathing room with 15 seconds remaining. Whitman senior Nick Parker hit a three-point shot in the closing seconds to complete the scoring.
Kelly also grabbed eight rebounds to go with his 25 points. Warner added 17 points, five assists, and four rebounds. Whitman's two big men, junior Erik Kofler and sophomore Kyle Born, snared 10 boards each. Parker finished with nine points.
Aaron Sawyer led the Eagles with a double-double, 23 points and 10 boards.
Whitman faces Lewis-Clark State at 7 p.m. Saturday in the final game Wildhorse Resort Classic. Whitworth, which upset LCSC 51-46 in Friday's other opening round game, plays Northwest at 5 p.m. in Saturday's tournament championship game.
Sophomore Kyle Born contributed his third double-double of the season and freshman Aaron Hazel added a career-high 17 points off the bench, but the Whitman menís basketball team came up short in Saturdayís consolation game of the annual Wildhorse Resort Classic, losing 69-55 to Lewis-Clark State in Sherwood Center.
Whitmanís record now stands at 2-5 on the season. Lewis-Clark State, ranked No. 10 nationally in NAIA Div. I, ran its season mark to 8-3.
Whitman fell behind early, trailing 17-2 after the first eight minutes. With senior Nick Parker and Hazel carrying most of the offensive load, the Missionaries slowly but surely climbed back into the game. Parker hit a trio of three-pointers, the last of which trimmed the Warriors lead to 33-25 with 2:55 left in the first half. Hazelís layin at the 2:12 mark made it 33-27, but LCSC responded with seven unanswered points to lead 40-27 at the break.
Despite a few mini-runs from the Missionaries, the Warriors still led by 13, 52-39, with 12:57 showing on the second-half clock. Over the next several minutes, however, a full-court Whitman press forced five Warriors turnovers, and three baskets by Born and one each from Hazel and Mike Peterson sliced LCSCís lead to 52-49 with 8:31 remaining.
The Warriors regained some breathing room, scoring seven of the next nine points to lead 59-51 with five minutes left. Whitman drew no closer than six points the rest of the way, and LCSC tallied the gameís final eight points.
Born, who was named to the all-tournament team, made six of his 10 shots from the floor in collecting 12 points and 10 rebounds. Born had 10 boards and seven points in Whitmanís opening round game Friday.
Hazel also had a sharp shooting night, hitting seven of eight from the field and three of three from the free throw line. Parker finished with 11 points, while junior Eric Kofler had 10 rebounds and six points.
Martin Brothers, who posted a double-double for the Warriors with 15 points and 10 rebounds, was also named to the all-tournament team. Danny Allen paced LCSC in Saturdayís game with 23 points.
Earlier in the evening, Whitworth outlasted Northwest 76-67 to claim the tournament title. Bryan Williams, who led the Pirates with 25 points, six assists and four rebounds, was named the tournamentís Most Valuable Player. One of his teammates, Jon Young, was also named to the all-tournament team, as were Aaron Sawyer and Grant Enloe of Northwest.
Whitman plays its final non-conference on Thursday, Dec. 30, when it travels to Bellingham, Wash., to face Western Washington University.
Western Washington University, ranked No. 14 nationally in NCAA Div. II, flexed some muscle Thursday night against the Whitman men's basketball team, handing the NCAA Div. III Missionaries a 108-76 loss in Bellingham, Wash.
The Vikings, now 10-1 on the season, outrebounded Whitman 46-32 and blocked 13 Missionary shots. Whitman dropped to 2-6 on the season.
"They played well above the rim," Whitman coach Skip Molitor said. "It didn't seem like we were playing a Division II team. I've seen a lot of Division I teams that they would do just fine against."
Western Washington hit eight of 12 three-pointers in rolling to a 61-33 halftime lead. The second half was played on nearly even terms, with the Vikings outscoring Whitman 47-43 over the final 20 minutes.
Junior post Eric Kofler, who scored 10 of Whitman's first 15 points, finished with a team-high 13 points and five rebounds. Senior forward Nick Parker scored 12 points, nailing three of five shots from the three-point line. Parker also had four rebounds, three assists and two steals. "That was a nice night for Parker," Molitor said.
Playing his first game of the season, junior guard Greg Ricker contributed 11 points and five boards. Ricker, who studied off campus during the fall semester, was four of nine from the floor, including two of two from the three-point arc. Ricker led Whitman in scoring last season and topped the Northwest Conference in assists.
"It's nice to have Ricker back," Molitor said. "For his first game, he looked pretty darn good out there. He defends very well. He can defend players at that (Division II) level."
Ian Warner, a sophomore point guard, added eight points, five assists and three steals for the Missionaries. Junior guard Matt Kelly chipped in with eight points, four boards and three assists. Sophomore forward Kyle Born added nine points despite foul trouble.
Freshman Garth Brandal added eight points off the Missionary bench, making all three of his shots from the floor. "Garth is going to get a lot of minutes in league play," Molitor said. "He's a solid player. He made all of his shots, got us a couple of steals and did a good job defensively."
Garth Dykstra, a 6-foot-4 guard, led the Vikings with 21 points.
Whitman opens NWC play on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 7-8, hosting George Fox and Linfield.
The Whitman menís basketball team lost its Northwest Conference opener to George Fox 78-75 Friday night in Sherwood Center. The Missionaries fell to 2-7 on the season while George Fox upped its season mark to 5-4.
The Bruins lead by as many as 13 points in the first half while shooting 73.1 percent from the field. But with Greg Ricker and Matt Kelly each scoring seven points over the final five minutes of the opening stanza, Whitman trimmed its deficit to 47-43 at the break.
The Missionaries stayed within striking distance early in the second half and Ian Warnerís jumper with 12:08 remaining pulled Whitman to within one point at 59-58. With three minutes left, Kellyís three-pointer made it a one-point game once again, 74-73 in favor of the Bruins.
After Scott Szalay hit two free throws for a 76-73 George Fox lead, Erik Kofler scored inside with 1:20 left to again pull Whitman to within a point. Mark Gaymanís layin at the 1:02 mark completed the nightís scoring and gave the Bruins all the breathing room they needed.
Whitmanís final possession came with 13 ticks left on the clock. Two Missionary three-point attempts failed to drop in the final seconds.
Szaley sparked George Fox with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Gayman also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards, while Aaron Schmick contributed 15 points.
Four Missionaries scored in double figures. Kelly led with 19 points while Warner and Kofler each had 11. Kyle Born added 10 points and nine rebounds.Ricker chipped in with nine points.
Whitman hosts Linfield at 8 p.m. Saturday in Sherwood. George Fox is in Spokane Saturday night to play Whitworth.
Linfieldís Casey Kushiyama scored his only basket of the night, sinking an improbable running bank shot from the top of the key as time expired, to give the Wildcats a wild 90-89 double-overtime victory at Whitman Saturday night in Sherwood Center.
Only moments before, Whitman senior Nick Parker had hit a three-pointer to give Whitman an 89-88 lead with six seconds remaining. Kushiyama, a senior guard, took the inbounds pass and dribbled the length of the floor before launching his game-winner at the buzzer.
The gut-wrenching loss drops Whitmanís record to 0-2 in conference and 2-9 overall. The Wildcats advance to 5-6 on the season and 1-1 in NWC.
The two teams deadlocked at 68-68 at the end of regulation and at 75-all after the first overtime. With Linfield leading 87-84 late in the second overtime, Whitmanís Parker scored on a lay-up to cut the deficit to one point with 20 seconds remaining. After Linfieldís Ryan Monagle made one of the two free throws, Parker took a pass from junior Greg Ricker and nailed his fifth three-pointer of the night for Whitmanís short-lived lead.
Erik Kofler, a junior post, led Whitman with 25 points and 12 boards for his third double-double of the season. Kofler also blocked two shots and came up with two steals. Parker scored all 20 points after halftime. Sophomore Kyle Born added 12 points and eight rebounds, while junior Matt Kelly and freshman Aaron Hazel both contributed 10 points. Junior Greg Ricker, who missed most of Whitmanís non-conference schedule, combined eight rebounds with six points, six assists and four steals.
Linfield shot 56.5 percent from the field while holding Whitman to a 38.4 percent shooting night. The Missionaries outrebounded Linfield 52 to 46 and had 12 turnovers to Linfieldís 16.
Whitman heads to Tacoma next weekend to play Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound.
A hard-luck start to the Northwest Conference season continued for the Whitman men's basketball team Friday night as the Missionaries fell 67-64 to Pacific Lutheran in Tacoma. The Lutes slipped away with the victory when Kurt Oliver hit a three-point basket with just two seconds left to play.
Losing on a last-second shot for the second consecutive game, Whitman saw its record fall to 0-3 in the NWC and 2-9 overall. Pacific Lutheran is now 2-1 in conference and 4-8 on the season.
The Missionaries opened their NWC season last Friday with a three-point loss to George Fox. The next night Whitman fell by one point to Linfield when one of the Wildcats hit a running shot from the top of the key as time expired in a second overtime session.
Whitman grabbed the early advantage against the Lutes, leading by as many as eight points in a first half that ended with the Missionaries on top 35-30. The home team closed the gap quickly in the second half, forging the first of five eventual tie scores at 40-40 with 14:31 remaining. The Lutes inched in front 44-43 at the 10:18 mark, but Matt Kelly scored nine of Whitman's next 10 points to give the Missionaries a 53-48 lead with just under six minutes to play.
Pacific Lutheran responded with a 12-2 spurt to take its own five-point lead, 60-55, with 2:38 remaining. Ian Warner's three-pointer and two free throws by Nick Parker got the Missionaries even at 60-60 with 1:11 left on the clock. Whitman kept pace in the closing minute thanks to a pair Erik Kofler free throws and Kelly's jumper with 13 seconds left, which produced a 64-64 deadlock.
Oliver, a sophomore guard, then hit his three-pointer to win the game for the Lutes.
Whitman's Kelly made seven of 14 shots from the floor, and all five of his free throws, to finish with a game-high 19 points. Warner added 16 points, and Greg Ricker contributed 10 points and six rebounds. Kofler and Kyle Born collected eight rebounds each to lead the Missionaries in that category.
Whitman stays in Tacoma to play Puget Sound at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Topping the century mark in points for the seventh time this season, the high-flying Puget Sound men's basketball team handed Whitman a 101-67 Northwest Conference loss Saturday night in Tacoma.
The Loggers, who made 14 of 28 three-point shots, remain in first place in the NWC with a 4-0 league mark (10-2 on the season). Whitman is 2-10 overall and 0-4 in conference.
The Missionaries trailed 37-27 late in the first half before Puget Sound nailed five three-point shots in the final five minutes of the first half. That gave the home team a comfortable 53-39 lead at the break.
Junior Matt Kelly led Whitman with 16 points, making eight of 15 shots from the floor. Junior Greg Ricker added 10 points and nine rebounds, while freshman Aaron Hazel also chipped in with 10 points. Senior Nick Parker was good for nine points, and sophomore Kyle Born combined eight points with eight boards.
Whitman hosts Walla Walla College in a non-conference game at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Sherwood Center. The Missionary men are also home on Friday and Saturay, hosting Pacific and Lewis & Clark. Those games both start at 8 p.m.
Shooting 60 percent from the floor in the second half, Walla Walla College rallied from a one-point halftime deficit to scoot past the Whitman men's basketball team 96-87 Tuesday night in Sherwood Center.
After Whitman's Aaron Hazel scored inside to open the second half and give the Missionaries a 48-45 lead, Walla Walla ripped off an 18-2 run to forge a 63-50 advantage with 13:39 left to play. Mike Peterson's three-pointer sliced Whitman's deficit to nine points, 65-56, at the 11:32 mark, but the Wolves ran their lead back to as many as 16 points over the next several minutes.
Using the long ball as its primary weapon, Whitman made one final run. In a span of less than two minutes, Ian Warner nailed a pair of three-point bombs while Matt Kelly and Nick Parker hit one each. Kelly's trey chopped Walla Walla's cushion to 86-79 with 3:28 left on the clock.
Greg Ricker's layup with 2:16 remaining again brought Whitman to within seven points, but the Wolves reeled off the next points to put the game out of reach.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair that produced 11 tie scores. The Wolves led by no more than three points, and Whitman led by as many as six points on three occasions midway through the half.
Kelly paced Whitman with 20 points and seven rebounds. Ricker had 17 points, eight boards and four assists, while Ian Warner knocked in 14 points. Whitman got its inside presence from Hazel, who had 13 points and eight rebounds, and Erik Kofler, who added eight points and 10 boards.
Five Wolves scored in double figures. Jeremy Claridge, a 6-foot-8 junior from College Place, posted 18 points and 15 rebounds. Ryan White, a 6-foot-7 junior from Sacramento, Calif., just missed a double-double of his own, combining 19 points with nine rebounds.
Whitman battled to a 45-44 victory on the backboards, but the Wolves finished the night with a toasty 53.8 percent shooting percentage from the floor. The Missionaries shot 43.7 percent from the field.
Whitman, now 2-11 on the season, returns to Northwest Conference action this weekend when it hosts Pacific On Friday and Lewis & Clark on Saturday. Both games start at 8 p.m. in Sherwood Center.
The Whitman men's basketball team worked its way to a 12-point halftime lead and then held off Pacific down the stretch for a 78-68 Northwest Conference victory Friday night in Sherwood Center.
The hard-luck Missionaries, who had lost two earlier conference games on last-second shots, improved to 1-4 in the NWC and 3-11 on the season. The Boxers fell to 1-3 in league and 2-10 on the season.
Junior guard Matt Kelly paced a balanced Whitman attack with 21 points. Erik Kofler, also a junior, added 14 points and five rebounds, and he used his 6-foot-8 frame to swat away five Pacific shots.
The Missionaries scored the last four points of the first half, the last two coming on senior Mike Peterson's buzzer-beating tip-in, to stretch their lead to 36-24 at the break. The Boxers stayed within reach throughout the second half, finally knotting the score at 55-55 on freshman guard Brad Krichevsky's two free throws with 8:45 remaining. Following a Whitman turnover, Krichevsky nailed a three-pointer to push the visitors in front 58-55.
Two buckets by Kofler and one by freshman post Aaron Hazel put Whitman back in the lead at 61-60 with 6:05 left, and the Missionaries never again trailed. Kofler kept his team's momentum rolling, sandwiching a dunk and two free throws around one of his blocked shots. Junior guard Greg Ricker then pulled down a defensive rebound and drove the length of the floor for a layin to give the Missionaries a 69-60 with just 2:48 left on the clock.
Krichevsky led the Boxers with 21 points. Junior guard Mison Henley combined 13 points with seven rebounds for Pacific. Branden Kawazoe, another junior guard, also had 13 points.
Whitman's Ricker just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine assists. He also grabbed five rebounds. The Missionaries also got solid games from two of its forwards, senior Nick Parker, who had nine points and seven boards, and sophomore Kyle Born, who snared a game-high 10 rebounds to go with seven points.
The Missionaries hit 16 of 26 shots from the floor while protecting its lead in the second half. Whitman also outrebounded the Boxers 37-35.
Whitman hosts Lewis & Clark at 8 p.m. Saturday, while Pacific continues its eastern Washington weekend with a Saturday night game at Whitworth in Spokane.
Travis Jones and Tommy Magnuson, a pair of 6-foot-7 forwards, combined for 55 points and 22 rebounds to pace Lewis & Clark to a 99-87 victory over Whitman in Northwest Conference menís basketball action Saturday night in Sherwood Center.
The Pioneers jumped their record to 3-2 in the NWC and 7-6 overall. Whitman dropped to 1-5 and 3-12.
After Lewis & Clark led by a single point, 43-42, at halftime, Whitman regained the lead early in the second stanza when Ian Warner nailed a three-pointer and Kyle Born followed with two more. That gave the Missionaries a 51-48 advantage with little more than two minutes gone in the second half. But the Pioneers responded with 10 unanswered points and never again trailed by fewer than five points.
Lewis & Clark, after shooting 50 percent in the first half, made 15 of 25 shots from the floor, including seven of 12 from the three-point line, over the final 20 minutes. The Pioneers shot 54.1 percent for the night.
While Jones and Magnuson were lighting Lewis & Clarkís side of the scoreboard, Matt Kelly and Kyle Born countered with strong games for Whitman, scoring 51 points between them. Kelly made six of 10 attempts from beyond the three-point arc, finishing with a season-high 26 points, four rebounds and four assists. Born, who made all 11 of his field goal attempts, collected 25 points and nine rebounds.
For the Pioneers, both Jones and Magnuson posted double-doubles. Jones had a game-high 30 points along with 12 rebounds. Magnuson added 25 points and 10 boards. Lewis & Clark also got 17 points from Ryan Wells and 13 from Mark Robinowitz.
Ian Warner with 10 points was the only other Missionary to score in double figures. Aaron Hazel added eight points off the Whitman bench, making four of five shots from the field.
Lewis & Clark outrebounded Whitman 40-31 and did not commit a turnover until two minutes into the second half.
The Missionaries had the hot shooting hand in the first half, making 16 of 26 shots from the floor, good for 61.5 percent. The Pioneers still led by as many as seven points midway through the half. Bornís inside basket gave Whitman a 39-35 lead with 1:20 remaining, but Magnuson and Wells drained three-pointers to help Lewis & Clark to its one-point halftime lead.
Both teams nailed a dozen three-point shots on the night, with Lewis & Clark getting three each from Wells, Magnuson, Jones and Robinowitz. In addition to six from Kelly, Whitman got three treys from Born, two from Warner and one Nick Parker.
Whitman is in Spokane Tuesday to play Whitworth.
Sophomore Kyle Born's fourth double-double of the season wasn't nearly enough as the Whitman College men's basketball team absorbed an 86-60 Northwest Conference loss at Whitworth Tuesday night in Spokane.
Born, a 6-foot-5 forward, scored 19 points, hitting eight of 12 shots from the floor, and snared a game-high 12 rebounds to lead the Missionaries. Born continues to shoot over 60 percent from the field for the season, and he ranks No. 2 in the conference in rebounding.
Whitworth countered Born's singular supremacy with a balanced scoring attack that placed five players in double figures, led by Jon Young's 20 points. Young nailed six of 12 shots from the three-point line.
Making 12 of 22 three-point attempts as a team, Whitworth shot 51.5 percent from the floor on the night. Whitman shot 41.8 percent from the field, although the Missionaries made just three of 14 from long range.
Whitman led by as many as four points through the first 10 minutes of the opening half. But after Mike Peterson's three-pointer at the 10:37 mark gave Whitman an 18-15 lead, the Pirates uncorked a 21-5 run to grab a 36-23 cushion with four minutes left. Baskets by Born and Erik Kofler, followed by Matt Kelly's dunk, sliced Whitworth's lead to seven with 2:05 showing on the first-half clock. But the Pirates scored seven of the next nine points to lead 43-31 at the break.
Whitworth pulled away early in the second half, extending its lead to 20 points at 57-37 in the first five minutes. The Missionaries drew no closer than 18 points the rest of the way.
Kofler made five of his seven shots from the floor to finish with 15 points and six rebounds. Kelly added 12 points and five boards.
Whitman, now 1-6 in conference and 3-13 overall, plays Saturday night at Willamette in Salem, Ore. Whitworth, which plays at Willamette Friday, is 7-8 on the season and 3-4 in the NWC.
Powered by sophomore Kyle Born's fifth double-double of the season, the Whitman men's basketball team picked up its first Northwest Conference road victory with a 71-60 win at Willamette Saturday night in Salem, Ore.
Born finished with 24 points and 17 rebounds, both of which were game-high totals. The 6-foot-5 forward made 11 of 14 shots from the floor, including all three of his three-point attempts.
Willamette led by as many 10 points in the first half, but Whitman closed out the opening period on an 11-3 run to trail by just two points, 28-26 at intermission. The second half was tight, producing five deadlocks in the scoring.
The Missionaries took charge with 6:09 remaining when Born hit a three-pointer and sophomore teammate Ian Warner added a trey of his own 30 seconds later. Jumpers by Born and junior Erik Kofler gave Whitman a 63-53 lead with 3:01 left. The Bearcats drew no closer than six points the rest of the way.
Kofler was the only other Missionary in double figures with 15 points. The 6-foot-8 post made six of 10 shots from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds. Freshman Aaron Hazel added eight points off the bench, while junior guard Greg Ricker had seven points, four assists and three steals.
The Missionaries shot 62.1 percent from the floor in the second half, finishing at 56.9 percent for the game. Whitman was a sharp six of 14 from the three-point line, while the Bearcats connected on just four of 26 attempts from long range. Willamette shot 33.3 percent from the floor overall.
The two teams battled to a 38-38 standoff on the backboards.
For the season, Born is shooting 62.5 percent from the floor and averaging 8.9 rebounds. Prior to Saturday's game, he was No. 2 in the NWC in both categories.
Now 2-6 in the NWC and 4-13 on the season, Whitman plays at George Fox and Linfield next weekend. The Missionaries then close out the season with four of their final six games at home.
Kyle Born missed his sixth double-double of the season by one rebound as the Whitman men's basketball team fell just a few points short Friday night at George Fox, losing 79-75 to the first-place Bruins in Newberg, Ore.
Now 4-14 on the season, the hard-luck Missionaries drooped to 2-7 in the Northwest Conference. Earlier in the season, Whitman lost to George Fox by three points in Walla Walla and has dropped four of its seven conference losses by a combined total of 11 points.
George Fox improved to 13-5 on the season and heads to Saturday night's games tied with Puget Sound for first place in the NWC with an 8-1 conference record.
Friday night, guards Ian Warner and Matt Kelly drained early three-pointers to spark Whitman to a 12-6 lead. But Aaron Schmick countered for George Fox with three treys of his own to vault the Bruins into 15-14 lead with 13:15 left in the first half.
George Fox took charge late in the half with a barrage of offensive boards that eventually led to two free throws and a three-point bucket from Philip Heu-Weller. That stretched stretched the home team's lead to 36-27 with 5:42 showing on the clock.
After knocking down a jumper for Whitman, Kelly made a quick steal that led to a field goal by teammate Greg Ricker. Those buckets kept the Missionaries close at 38-33, and George Fox closed out the half in front 49-43.
Early in the second half, a 5-0 Whitman run and a three-pointer from Born at the 17:53 mark knotted the game at 51-51. George Fox regained control with a 9-2 run that produced a 60-53 Bruins lead with 13:34 remaining. Whitman mounted another charge, mostly from the free-throw line, although it was a Born layup with 6:48 left that tied the game at 66-66.
The game deadlocked three more times -- the final time when Ricker's free throw evened the slate at 75-75 with only 40 seconds left. Four clutch free throws finally sealed the win for the Bruins.
Kelly, who made eight of 14 shots from the floor, finished with a team-high 21 points and six rebounds. Born was five of six from the floor, combining 14 points with nine rebounds. Born is now shooting 63.3 percent from the floor for the season.
Erik Kofler also had a solid game for the Missionares, scoring 17 points to go with five rebounds and two blocked shots. Ricker added nine points and led the team in assists with seven. Mark Gayman with 22 points and Schmick with 17 paced the Bruins. Schmick hit five of seven shots from the three-point line.
Whitman shot 50.9 percent from the floor as a team and narrowly lost the rebound battle, 31-29.
The Missionaries play Saturday night against Linfield in McMinnville, Ore.
Wielding a sharp shooting eye in the second half, Linfield pulled away from the Whitman men's basketball team for a 92-76 Northwest Conference victory Saturday night in McMinnville, Ore.
The Wildcats, improving to 10-9 overall and 6-4 in the NWC, hit 18 of 27 shots (66.7 percent) from the floor and converted 14 of 15 free throws en route to a 52-point second half.
Whitman slipped to 4-15 on the season and 2-8 in conference. Earlier this season in Walla Walla, the Missionaries fell 90-89 when the Wildcats hit an improbable last-second shot in double overtime.
In Saturday's rematch, Linfield jumped in front 8-0 and 18-3 in the opening minutes of action. But Whitman responded with a 28-13 run to catch the Wildcats at 31-31 late in the first half. The two teams deadlocked again at 33-33 before the home team took a 40-37 lead at intermission.
The early stages of the second half produced two more tie scores at 45-45 and 47-47. From that point forward, however, the hot-shooting pushed its lead into double digits and won going away.
Matt Kelly led Whitman with 19 points, making eight of 16 shots from the floor, along with rebounds and four assists. Erik Kofler made all eight of his free throws and finished with 16 points and seven boards. Also scoring in double figures for the Missionaries were Nick Parker with 13 points and Ian Warner with 12.
Linfield's Blake Shelton, who scorched Whitworth for 33 points in a Friday night win, added 27 points and 10 rebounds against Whitman. The Wildcats shot 56.7 percent from the floor for the game and made 18 of 22 free throws overall.
Both teams played without a key player due to injury. The Missionaries were missing sophomore forward Kyle Born, who has five double-doubles this season, while senior center Sam Kreiger, who has six double-doubles, did not play for the Wildcats.
Whitman returns home next weekend to host Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound.
With Nick Parker and Matt Kelly combining for 51 points and a dozen three-point bombs, the Whitman menís basketball team outscored Pacific Lutheran 93-85 Friday night in Sherwood Center.
The win boosts Whitmanís Northwest Conference record to 3-8 and its season mark to 5-15. Pacific Lutheran falls to 5-14 on the season and 3-7 in conference. In the last meeting between the two teams, last month in Tacoma, Pacific Lutheran came away with a 67-64 victory on a last-second shot.
With Kelly scoring 18 points in a fast-paced first half, Whitman grabbed a 50-37 lead at the break. The Missionaries led by as many as 19 points in the second half, but the Lutes managed to cut their deficit to four points at 77-73 with 5:20 remaining.
At that point, however, Parker stemmed the tide, nailing two consecutive three-pointers to push Whitmanís lead back to 83-73 at the 3:20 mark. Parker also converted six straight free throws in the closing minutes to help seal the win.
Parker, a senior, led all scorers with a career-high 26 points. The 6-foot-6 forward made seven of 10 shots from the floor, including six of eight three-point attempts, and grabbed six rebounds. Kelly, a junior guard, was six of 13 from the three-point stripe, finishing with 25 points.
Two more juniors, post Erik Kofler and point guard Greg Ricker, also turned in solid games. Kofler notched his fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Ricker added 14 points and seven assists against just two turnovers.
Sophomore guard Kurt Oliver, who made five of eight shots from the three-point arc, paced the Lutes with 20 points. Junior Drew Cardwell contributed 14 points and six rebounds, while junior Jake Carstensen added 12 points.
Whitman outrebounded Pacific Lutheran 40-32. The Missionaries, who connected on 11 of 20 three-point attempts in the first half, were 15 of 32 from long range on the night.
The Lutes shot 50 percent from the floor for the game but were outscored 24-12 at the free throw line.
Whitman hosts NWC-leading Puget Sound at 8 p.m. Saturday. Pacific Lutheran heads s to Spokane to play Whitworth Saturday night.
Shooting 60 percent from the floor in the first half, Puget Sound rolled to a 57-37 lead at intermission and finished off a 96-69 Northwest Conference over Whitman in men's basketball action Saturday night in Sherwood Center.
The NWC-leading Loggers improved to 11-1 in conference play and 17-3 on the season. Whitman slipped to 3-9 in the NWC and 5-16 overall.
A layup by sophomore guard Jeremy Cross gave Puget Sound its first lead at 10-9 at the 16:23 mark of the first half and the Loggers never again trailed. Chase Curtis, also a junior guard, nailed a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give the visitors its 20-point cushion at halftime.
Whitman's Ian Warner hit a three-pointer with 10:21 left in the second half to cut Puget Sound's lead to 16 at 75-59, but that was as close as the Missionaries would come.
Aubrey Shelton and Zack McVey, a pair of 6-foot-6 forwards, paced the Loggers with 23 and 20 points, respectively. Cross added 18 points and seven assists, while Chris O'Donnell added 11 points.
Junior post Erik Kofler led Whitman with 20 points and nine rebounds, just missing his fifth double-double of the season. Kofler made eight of 10 shots from the floor and blocked four shots on defense.
Senior Nick Parker and junior Greg Ricker each scored 10 points. Freshman Aaron Hazel added nine points off the bench and also blocked four shots.
Whitman played its third consecutive game without sophomore forward Kyle Born, who leads the NWC in rebounding while averaging 12.3 points per game. Born, who is sidelined by back problems, is shooting 63.3 percent from the floor, the second-best mark in the conference.
Puget Sound shot 54.5 percent from the floor for the game. The Loggers also won the rebounding battle, 35-30. Whitman shot 45.3 percent on the night.
A 49-34 rebounding edge helped Pacific pin a 71-66 Northwest Conference loss on the Whitman men's basketball team Friday night in Forest Grove, Ore.
The Missionaries, who scored a 10-point victory over the Boxers last month in Walla Walla, saw their record fall to 5-17 on the season and 2-10 in conference play. Pacific upped its record to 4-16 and 3-9.
Trailing 33-28 at halftime, Whitman fell behind by as many as 10 points early in the second half. But junior Matt Kelly's three-pointer at the 11:59 mark cut Pacific's advantage to 46-41, and junior Greg Ricker popped another trey at 11:18 to make it 48-44. Pacific countered with an 11-5 run over the next four minutes to inflate their lead back to 10 points.
Junior Erik Kofler scored six of Whitman's next nine points to again get the Missionaries within four points, 62-58, with nearly five minutes left. Pacific held its edge, tallying the next four points, and Whitman drew no closer than five points until senior Nick Parker nailed a three-pointer with 18 seconds left. That sliced the Boxer lead to 70-66, but after Whitman missed another three-point try, Pacific's B.J. Anderson made one of two free throws in the final seconds.
Ricker had a solid night for the Missionaries, scoring 18 points to go with five rebounds and four assists. Kofler had 11 points and seven boards, while Kelly added 10 points.
Whitman's Kyle Born, who leads the NWC in rebounding, returned to action for the first time in two weeks, scoring five points and grabbing five rebounds in 16 minutes on the floor. Born, a sophomore forward, has been sidelined with back problems.
The Missionaries play Saturday night at Lewis & Clark in Portland.
The Whitman men's basketball team had four players score in double figures Saturday night at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, but the host Pioneers had all five starters notch 10 or more points en route to a 79-61 Northwest Conference victory.
Lewis & Clark hit seven three-pointers in building a 41-25 halftime lead. The Pioneers nailed seven more treys in the second half in holding Whitman at bay.
Whitman heads to the final week of the season with a record of 3-11 in the NWC and 5-18 overall. Lewis & Clark is 7-6 in conference and 11-10 on the season.
Freshman post Aaron Hazel led the Missionaries in scoring with 15 points. Playing 21 minutes off the bench, Hazel made seven of nine shots from the floor and grabbed four rebounds. Junior post Erik Kofler contributed 14 points and six boards, while senior forward had 12 points and five rebounds.
The Missionaries also got 11 points, five boards and five assists from junior guard Matt Kelly. Greg Ricker, also a junior guard, added eight rebounds and seven assists.
Lewis & Clark's Ryan Wells and Mark Robinowitz each tallied 23 points to pace the Pioneers.
Whitman outrebounded Lewis & Clark 41-37. With their 14 three-pointers, however, the Pioneers had 10 more than the Missionaries.
Whitman wraps up its season next at home, hosting Whitworth on Tuesday and Willamette on Friday.
Connecting on 15 of 27 shots and building a 35-20 halftime lead, the Whitworth menís basketball team rolled to a 76-59 Northwest Conference victory over Whitman Tuesday night in Sherwood Center. Whitman slipped to 5-19 on the season and 3-12 in NWC. Whitworth upped its record to 12-11 overall and 8-7 in conference.
The Pirates lengthened their lead to 18 points at 56-38 with 7:30 left to play. Whitman climbed back into contention with a 14-6 run, triggered and capped by three-point strikes from sophomore guard Ian Warner. Sandwiched around three-pointers from junior guards Matt Kelly and Greg Ricker, the Missionary outburst closed the gap to 62-52 with 4:47 remaining. But Whitworth countered with 10 unanswered points to put the game out of reach.
Erik Kofler, Whitmanís junior post, led all scorers with 19 points, making seven of 12 shots from the floor. He also led the Missionaries in rebounds with six. Kelly and Ricker finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Three Pirates scored in double figures, led by sophomore guard Bryan Williams, who made six of 10 field goal attempts in scoring 17 points.
Whitman concludes its season Friday, hosting Willamette at 8pm in Sherwood Center.
With four players scoring in double figures, visiting Willamette spoiled senior night for the Whitman menís basketball team with a 74-65 victory Friday night in Sherwood Center. The Missionaries concluded their season with records of 3-13 in the Northwest Conference and 5-20 overall. Willamette, now 11-13 in conference and 8-7 on the season, plays its finale Saturday night in Spokane against Whitworth.
With senior Nick Parker hitting a three-pointer, sophomore Kyle Born adding two jumpers, and junior Erik Kofler blocking three shots, Whitman jumped in front 7-2 to start the game. But Willamette freshman Ian Mansfield connected on a trey with 14:20 left in the half to give his side a 10-8 lead, and Willamette shot its way to a 37-25 lead at intermission.
Whitman mounted a number of charges in the second half. Born converted two free throws with 13:33 remaining, closing the gap to 47-41. Willamette answered with another scoring burst, taking a 60-43 lead on a Todd Lewis jumper with 9:40 left to play.
Whitman baskets by Greg Ricker and Born pulled the Missionaries back to within seven points at 67-60 with 3:13 on the clock. Parkerís three-pointer at the 1:10 mark made it 71-65, but those were the last points Whitman would score.
Born, either slowed or sidelined by back problems in recent weeks, made eight of 12 shots from the floor, finishing with 20 points and eight rebounds. Junior Matt Kelly added 18 points and five rebounds. Parker tallied 12 points, while Ricker had a solid night with six points, six rebounds and four assists.
Lewis, a graduate student, paced Willamette with 19 points and six rebounds. Senior wing John Olinger had 16 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, while junior C.J. Stuvland added 14 points and seven rebounds. Mansfield finished with 12 points.