Whit BB Men Shoot Past Loggers 96-86
News Release Date:
Friday, January 7
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With six players scoring in double figures and accounting for all but six of its points, Whitman College ran past Puget Sound for a 96-86 Northwest Conference men's basketeball victory Friday night in Sherwood Center.
Junior big man David Michaels posted his first double-double of the season, combining 18 points with a game-high 11 rebounds, to power Whitman, which won its sixth straight game, improving to 8-4 overall and 1-2 in the NWC.
Junior guard Brandon Shaw also had 18 points, plus five assists, for the Missionaries.
Puget Sound, which dropped to 5-7 overall and 2-1 in conference, got 27 points from Kaleb Shelton and 20 points from Edric Egberuare.
After spotting the Loggers early leads of 6-1 and 11-6, Whitman pulled ahead 16-15 when sophomore Drew Raher finished off a three-point play in the paint.
Sophomore Peter Clark nailed a 3-pointer on the next Missionary possession and the home team maintained the upper hand the rest of the night.
Whitman stretched its lead to 29-18 on a Michaels layup with 9:30 left in the half, but Puget Sound stayed close, three times trimming its deficit to four points. The Missionaries closed out the half on an 11-2 run to lead 50-37 at the break.
The Loggers pulled to within five points on two occasions in the first seven minutes of the second half. Whitman pushed its lead back to 11 points, 67-56, on a basket by freshman Josh Duckworth with 10:29 remaining.
Puget Sound refused to go quietly, drawing within six points at 78-72 on Egberuare's 3-pointer with five minutes left. But senior Justin Artis and Raher answered with Whitman threes, and two free throws by Michaels gave the Missionaries their largest lead of the night (94-80) with 53 seconds remaining.
With the game decided and clock winding down, Egberuare and Ryan Hoff drained two more treys for the Loggers to make it a 10-point game at the end.
Clark tallied all 15 of his points for Whitman in the first half, when he was four of five from the 3-point stripe. The Missionaries also got 14 points from Duckworth, 13 from Artis and 12 from Raher.
Whitman as a team was 10 of 22 from long distance. Shaw made all three of his 3-point attempts while Raher was two for two.
Freshman Ryan Gilkey, the only other Whitman player who made the scoring column, finished with six points and five rebounds. Artis also contributed five boards and four steals, helping the Missionaries win the rebounding battle 42-34 while forcing the Loggers into 18 turnovers.
Whitman, which leads the NWC in scoring, shot 59.3 percent from the floor in the second half to finish at 50.7 percent for the game.
Hoff and Ryan Rogers hit three times each from the 3-point arc and combined to add 20 points to the Logger scoring column. Puget Sound made 11 of its 27 3-point tries.
Whitman continues its NWC weekend homestand on Saturday when it hosts Pacific Lutheran at 6 p.m. in Sherwood Center.
Puget Sound heads to Spokane on Saturday to battle Whitworth at 8 p.m.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; email@example.com