Shooting Touch Returns, BB Whits Win Big
News Release Date:
Tuesday, December 7
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- After losing its last four games while struggling from the 3-point line, Whitman College regained its shooting touch in time to race past Walla Walla University 104-65 in men's non-conference basketball action Tuesday night in Sherwood Center.
Whitman, now 3-4 on the season, canned four of its first five shots from beyond the 3-point arc in bolting to a 14-0 lead in the first four minutes of the contest.
The Missionaries buried three more long balls over the next several minutes to stretch its lead to 35-8 with eight minutes left in the half.
By the time intermission rolled around, Whitman had drained 10 of 20 tries from the 3-point stripe and had the game out of reach at 58-31.
Walla Walla, which has played a tough schedule to start its season, was unable to mount a serious challenge in the second half and saw its record fall to 0-11.
Sophomore Ignas Pavilonis scored a season-high 20 points, knocking down four 3-pointers, to lead five Whitman players into double figures. Junior Brandon Shaw was six of nine from floor and seven of eight from the charity stripe, good for 19 points.
Sophomore Peter Clark also connected four times from long distance and scored 14 points. Freshman Josh Duckworth flirted with a double-double, making all five of his field goal attempts to combine 11 points with eight assists and six rebounds.
Sophomore Drew Raher added 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds in just 18 minutes on the floor.
Whitman, which also got five rebounds apiece from senior Justin Artis and freshman Ryan Gilkey, overwhelmed Walla Walla on the backboards by a 43-27 margin.
The Missionaries also badgered the Wolves into 27 turnovers. Shaw made four steals while Artis and freshman Seth Brent each had three.
Whitman shot 52.9 percent from the floor for the game, although it cooled off from the 3-point line in the second half, finishing 15 of 36 from long distance.
Walla Walla shot a higher percentage from beyond arc, going eight of 16 with four threes in each half.
Tristan Greenidge paced Walla Walla with 20 points and five rebounds. He made three of his four shots from downtown while also grabbing five rebounds.
Marc Gupilan and Josh Henderson chipped in with 14 and 10 points, respectively, for the Wolves. Andrew Bailey added eight points, making all four of his field goal attemps and both of his free throws.
Whitman stays at home to host NAIA-affiliateed Menlo College (Atherton, Calif.) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Walla Walla travels to Nampa, Idaho, for a tournament hosted by Northwest Nazarene.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org