High-Scoring Pirates Shoot Past Whit Men
News Release Date:
Tuesday, January 18
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Third-ranked Whitworth University ran its season record to 16-0 with a 104-71 men's basketball victory over Whitman College Tueday night in Spokane, Wash.
Whitworth, now 7-0 in the NWC, dropped Whitman to 3-4 in conference and 10-6 on the season.
The Pirates, who shot 61.8 from the floor for the game, made 10 of 16 attempts from the 3-point line in the first half in building a 59-30 lead.
Mike Taylor, a senior transfer who played the last two seasons at the University of Montana, paced Whitworth with 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists in 36 minutes on the floor.
While Taylor was one of five Pirates scoring in double figures, Whitman had four players reach double digits.
Juniors Brandon Shaw and David Michaels led the way for the Missionaries. Both finished with 14 points and four rebounds.
Sophomore Ignas Pavilonis added 11 Whitman points, making three of four 3-point shots. Freshman Josh Duckworth was good for 10 points and six assists.
After the Pirates tallied the first four points of the game, Michaels scored inside and Pavilonis canned a three to keep Whitman close at 6-5. Shaw's three-point play in the paint kept the Missionaries within reach at 16-10 with 13:31 left in the first half.
At that point, however, a trio of three-point bombs triggered a surge that helped stake Whitworth to its big half-time lead.
The Pirates continued to fire away in the second half, although the Missionaries nearly matched them point for point (45-41) over the final 20 minutes.
After making just three of 15 three-point tries prior to the break, Whitman regained a bit of its long-range shooting touch in the second half when seven different players connected from beyond the arc.
The Missionaries also managed to score six points in the span of just a few seconds midway through the second stanza. As Shaw took a pass from Duckworth and lofted home a three, Michaels was fouled under the basket to keep possession of the ball in Whitman's hands.
Michaels then took the inbounds pass and was fouled again as he scored inside. He added the free throw to complete the quick six-point sequence.
In scoring his 14 points, Shaw became the 20th player in the history of Whitman basketball to surpass the 1,000-point plateau in career scoring.
Shaw's career point total now stands at 1,012, which moves him past 1974 graduate Gregg Garland into 19th place on Whitman's all-time scoring list.
Whitman, which has played five of its first seven NWC games on the road, completes the first half of its conference schedule when it hosts Pacific at 8 p.m. Saturday in Sherwood Center.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; email@example.com