Trinity Overtakes Men in Second Half

News Release Date:
Saturday, November 29

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Trinity University rallied from a three-point halftime deficit to shoot past the Whitman College men's basketball team 71-61 Saturday night at the San Antonio (Texas) Shootout.

Trinity, improving to 4-1, shot 52 percent over the final 20 minutes to overtake the Missionaries, who hit 20 of 23 free throws on the night but had a much tougher time with its shooting touch from the floor.

After Will Reese nailed a 3-pointer just before the break to stake Whitman to a 28-25 lead, Jordan Wheeler opened the second half with another trifecta to give the Missionaries a six-point cushion. A Brandon Shaw layup at the 18:34 mark had Whitman in front 35-28, but the Tigers roared back on an 18-1 run to seize control.

The host squad extended its lead to as many 17 points, 61-44, with 4:18 left to play. Whitman  closed the gap in the waning minutes, pulling to within 68-61 with 22 seconds remaining when Chris Faidley drilled a 3-pointer, was fouled and added the free throw for a four-point play.

Faidley finished with a game-high 22 points and eight rebounds. Shaw added 14 points for the Missionaries. 

Whitman, now 1-3 on the season, held small leads for much of the first half, which featured seven tie scores. A 3-pointer by Juan Pablo Alvarez gave the Missionaries their biggest lead, 20-15, with 4:43 remaining.

Graham Brewer collected seven rebounds for Whitman, which lost the battle of backboards by a 41-34 margin.

Faidley, who scored a whopping 58 points in his two weekend games, was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. He connected on 10 of 20 3-point shots while collecting 14 rebounds and five assists.

Shaw, who had 36 points in the two games, also was named to the all-tournament team. He made 15 of his 28 shots from the floor.

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