WALLA WALLA, Wash. – After drilling seven three-point bombs last Friday and adding nine more on Saturday, Whitman College sophomore Chris Faidley has been named Northwest Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week.
Faidley, a 6-foot-2 guard, made nine of 12 shots from the three-point line and scored a career-high 30 points to spark Whitman's 106-99 upset victory at Puget Sound last Saturday. The loss knocked the 18th-ranked Loggers out of a first-place tie in the NWC standings. It also snapped Puget Sound's 33-game home winning streak against NWC opponents.
Faidley's nine three-point baskets missed Whitman's single-game record by one. Dan Rough made 10 three-pointers as a freshman in February 1995.
Faidley, a graduate of King's High School in Seattle, Wash., leads the NWC in total three-point baskets this season with 85. He needs six three-pointers in Whitman's final two games to break Rough's single-season school record.
Whitman plays its first game this week at 8 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) against Whitworth in Sherwood Center. Whitworth begins the week tied for first place in the NWC with Lewis & Clark. Whitman concludes its season Saturday at home against Willamette. That game also starts at 8 p.m. in Sherwood Center.
In Whitman's 71-70 loss at Pacific Lutheran last Friday, Faidley was seven of 13 from the three-point line while scoring 22 points. He also had five assists and four rebounds.
With his scoring average up to 17.4 points per game, Faidley ranks third in the NWC in scoring. Teammate Kyle Born, a senior, leads the conference in both scoring (19.6 ppg) and rebounding (10.9 rpg).
Faidley is averaging 3.7 three-point baskets per game, which tops the conference, and is making 40.7 percent of his three-point attempts, which ranks him seventh in that statistical category.
Whitman senior Aaron Hazel begins his final week as the NWC leader in field goal percentage. Hazel has made 84 of his 125 shots (67.2 percent) from the floor this season. Senior Ian Warner is third in the NWC in assists, averaging 5.3 per game.
Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information,
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