Bombs Away! Whit Men Open With Big Win

News Release Date:
Friday, November 19

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- It was bombs away as Whitman College dropped 22 three-point shots into the hoop while rolling to a 121-68 season-opening men's basketball victory over Multnomah Bible College Friday night in Portland, Ore.

    Whitman 121,
Multnomah Bible 68

  Box Score

Justin Artis, the only senior on the roster, paced the Missionaries with 23 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.

Artis and sophomore Peter Clark, who added 17 points, knocked down five 3-pointers apiece. Sophomore Ignas Pavilonis just missed a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds.

Justin Artis

Whitman also got 16 points from junior J.P. Alvarez and 12 points and seven boards from sophomore Drew Raher.

Junior starters Brandon Shaw (nine points, five assists) and David Michaels (seven points, five rebounds) played less than 14 minutes. 

Peter Clark

All 12 Missionaries who hit the floor made the scoring column, and all but one played double-digit minutes. The lone exception, freshman Ryan Guisness, was saddled with foul trouble but still got 9:20 in playing time.

Whitman hit 40 of 81 shots from the floor, which included a 22-of-49 performance from the 3-point stripe. With first-year sophomore Ryan Gilkey grabbing 10 rebounds, the Missionaries outboarded the Lions 54-38.

Eight Missionaries struck paydirt from the 3-point arc. While Artis and Clark had five each, Alvarez and Pavilonis drilled three apiece. Raher and freshman Jordan Dickson both had two.

Shaw fed Artis for 3-point basket to open the scoring, but Bustrin countered with a pair of threes to spark Multnomah Bible to an early 11-7 lead.

Ignas Pavilonis
J.P. Alvarez

After Michaels scored the next five points to put the Missionaries back on top, Alvarez canned a trey and Whitman started to pull away.

Whitman led by as many as 30 points late in the half, which ended the Missionaries on top 69-41.

Junior forward Chris Haynes led Multnomah Bible with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Lions also got 14 points and seven rebounds from Gian Cook and 11 points and seven assists from Steven Bustrin.

Multnomah Bible, which competes as part of the Pacific Christian Athletic Conference (PCAC), saw its early season record fall to 3-4.

Whitman stays in the Rose City Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. game against a second PCAC school, Portland Bible College. The Wildcats pinned a 111-99 defeat on Pacific, one of Whitman's Northwest Conference rivals, earlier this week.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu