Late Free Throws Carry Eagles Past Lutes

News Release Date:
Friday, November 26

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Stedman Richardson made two free throws with one-half second on the clock to lift Northwest University to a 75-74 victory over Pacific Lutheran Friday night in the opening game of the Walla Walla Vineyard Inn Classic on the Whitman College campus.

    Northwest 75,
Pacific Lutheran 74

  Box Score

Northwest, now 5-1 on the season, got 12 points from Stedman and Ahmaad Cook as part of a balanced attacked.

Tyson Christi added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Eagles, who were ranked No. 16 nationally in the NAIA preseason coaches poll. Greg Peters chipped in with 10 points and six boards.

Pacific Lutheran, an NCAA Division III school, dropped to 1-2 on the season. Kyle MacTaggart and Andrew Earnest paced the Lutes with 17 and 14 points, respectively.

Curtis Trondsen came off the bench to score 13 points for Pacific Lutheran, which led 39-37 at the break before building a 56-43 lead with just under 13 minutes left in the second half.

Northwest rallied to knot the score at 69-69 with 3:23 left to play. After the Lutes inched back in front 74-71 with two minutes remaining, Northwest scored the game's final four points to escape with the victory.

Whitman's tournament is continuing tonight with the host team playing Eastern Oregon University in a game that tipped off at 8 p.m.

The  tournament concludes with two more games Saturday night.

After Eastern Oregon and Pacific Lutheran play at 6 p.m., Whitman and Northwest do battle at 8 p.m. 

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