Shaw Takes Over in OT, Whit BB Men Win
News Release Date:
Saturday, January 15
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With Brandon Shaw scoring his team's first nine points in overtime, Whitman College scooted past George Fox 86-77 in Northwest Conference men's basketball action Saturday night in Newberg, Ore.
Winning for the first time in Newberg since Jan. 31, 2003, Whitman evened its NWC record at 3-3 and improved to 10-5 on the season, having won eight of its last nine.
The Missionaries, who have played four of their first six conference games on the road, finished the weekend in a three-way tie for third place in the NWC standings.
George Fox, which slipped to 2-4 and 4-11, forced the five-minute overtime when Cam Rier drained a three at the regulation buzzer, squaring the score at 69-69.
Shaw, a junior guard, attacked the Bruins defense throughout OT, weaving around and through the opposition to score at the hoop or draw fouls. He finished a three-point play in the paint with 2:56 on the clock to put the Missionaries on top for good at 76-74.
After making a steal on the next George Fox possession, Shaw was fouled as he yet again made his way through the lane. His two free throws extended Whitman's lead to four points.
When Cole Whitehurst misfired on a three for the Bruins, Shaw was there to pull down his second rebound of the overtime session.
With 1:13 left, Whitman senior Justin Artis was fouled in the right corner as he launched a three. Artis made two of his free throws for an 80-74 Missionary advantage.
Stephen Wisely answered with two free throws for George Fox, but Shaw again maneuvered his way to the hoop to regain a six-point bulge for Whitman with just 30 seconds left.
The Bruins failed to connect on their next attempt, and junior David Michaels snared the rebound, was fouled and made both freebies to stretch the lead to eight points.
Shaw, who added two free throws with six seconds remaining, tallied 13 of Whitman's 17 overtime points. He finished his night with 26 points (matching his career high), seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Shaw's first 26-point game as a collegian came during his freshman season and also took place in the George Fox gym.
Freshman Josh Duckworth and sophomore Ignas Pavilonis came off the Whitman bench in Saturday's game to score 16 and 13 points, respectively. Pavilonis knocked down three 3-pointers, as did sophomore Peter Clark, who chipped in with nine points.
Whitman led 36-33 at halftime and was up by seven, 55-48, when Pavilonis made two free throws with just under 11 minutes left in the second half. The Bruins kept chipping away, pulling even at 57-57 with seven minutes remaining.
Two hoops by Shaw and a Clark 3-pointer put Whitman back in charge at 64-57. Duckworth made two free throws with 10 seconds left on the clock for a 69-66 edge, but Rier scored at the buzzer to send the game to OT.
Other than its momentary one-point lead early in overtime, George Fox held its only other lead when it scored the first point of the game on a free throw. Sophomore Drew Raher answered with a charity toss for Whitman, which then jumped ahead 11-3 after Artis and Pavilonis made 3-pointers.
Whitman enjoyed its biggest lead of the first half at 31-20 when Pavilonis made a 3-pointer with four minutes left.
The Missionaries had a good night at the free throw line, making 29 of 36 opportunities. They also forced the Bruins into 22 turnovers.
In winning Friday at Willamette and Saturday at George Fox, Whitman pulled off its first weekend NWC road sweep since 1990.
Shaw's overtime scoring spurt increased his career scoring total to 998 points. He can become the 20th Whitman player to reach the 1,000-point plateau when Whitman returns to the road on Tuesday for an 8 p.m. game against Whitworth in Spokane.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; email@example.com