Whitman MBB's Michaels Nets Second NWC Weekly Award

News Release Date:
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- For the second time this season, superlative Whitman College senior David Michaels has been named Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for men's basketball.

Michaels, an mobile 6-foot-7 forward, led Whitman to a pair of big NWC road victories last week, one of which was a come-from-behind 77-66 triumph over Whitworth in Spokane.

David Michaels

That was Whitman's first victory over the Pirates on their home floor since 1986.

Down by nine points early in the second half, Whitman stormed past Whitworth down the stretch. Michaels led the charge, scoring 15 of his 20 points in the second half. 

Breaking a final tie between the two teams, Michaels sparked the decisive Missionary run late in the game, combining nine straight points and two rebounds in little more than a minute's time.

Michaels also contributed seven rebounds, three assists and two steals to the victory, which snapped Whitworth's 22-game conference home winning steak.

Later last week, Michaels pieced together a nearly perfect shooting night against Willamette in Salem. He finished with a game-high 22 points, making eight of nine shots from the floor, including both of his 3-point attempts. He also made all four of his free throws.

Michaels burned Willamette for 16 of his 22 points in the first half, helping Whitman gain control and lead 52-38 at halftime.

After missing Whitman's two previous games to injury, Michaels returned to average 21 points and 4.5 rebounds against Whitworth and Willamette.

In the two games, he shot 73.3 percent from the floor (11-15 fg), 80 percent from the 3-point stripe (4-5 3pt) and 84.2 percent from the free throw line (16-19 ft).

On the season, Michaels is averaging 16.7 points and 6.1 rebounds on the season. He is averaging 17.8 points and 7.0 rebounds in the six NWC games in which he has played.

Whitman heads to the weekend with records of 13-4 overall and 6-2 in the NWC, tied for second place and just a game out of first.

Michaels picked up his first NWC weekly award this season back in late November, when he averaged 22.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in non-conference victories over Chapman and Cal Lutheran.

He erupted for a career-high 31 points against Chapman, knocking down 13 of 17 field goal attempts.

Whitman's next games are Friday against Lewis & Clark in Portland, Ore., and Saturday against George Fox in Newberg, Ore.

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