Men's Hoops Heads to George Fox in Hopes of Besting the Bruins

News Release Date:
Friday, January 11, 2013

Walla Walla, WA – The Whitman Men’s Basketball team’s long road journey comes to completion when it takes on second place George Fox tomorrow night in Newberg, Oregon. After the Missionaries’ gutsy effort at No.5 Whitworth (a double-overtime defeat), the team sits at 3 – 2 in the NWC heading into the weekend, a half-game behind the Bruins and Willamette, who are both 2 – 1.

The Missionaries on the move 

The Missionaries took the highly ranked Pirates to the limit Tuesday night on the road, grabbing a two-point the lead with just 44-seconds left in regulation. Whitman also battled back from a six-point deficit in the first extra period to force the second overtime. The contest was the third road game in five days for the Missionaries.

George Fox enters the weekend at 6 – 5 overall, coming off a road loss to Willamette. They host Whitworth on Friday before taking on the Whitties. The Bruins’ Sean Atkins is the conference’s second leading scorer at 17.4 per game and sixth in free-throw percentage at 80.1. Whitman sophomore Matt Mounier is making his own mark at the line, ranking third in the conference with an 85 % success rate. The 6 – 3 guard from Encino, California also ranks sixth in scoring at 14.5.

The Missionaries have three players in the top ten in scoring average: Mounier, Ben Eisenhardt who ranks third at 15.9, and Josh Duckworth tenth at 12.5. As a team, Whitman is tops in scoring, averaging 93.7 per game and number one in assists at 14.5. The Bruins are right behind at 14.4.

The two teams split last season’s head-to-head series, the Bruins taking the first meeting at George Ball Court, 57 – 48, with the Missionaries avenging the loss with a late season win at George Fox, 82 – 62, senior David Michaels scoring a game-high 40 points. The Whitties hold a 4 – 2 edge over the Bruins in the last six meetings including an overtime win at Newberg two years ago.

Saturday’s tilt serves as the final contest in the Missionaries most brutal road stretch of the season. Whitman played last Friday at Lewis & Clark, Saturday at Pacific, then had a Tuesday trip to Spokane to face No.5 Whitworth before heading to Newberg. The Whitties return home for a two-game home-stand against Linfield and Willamette, Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19.

Tomorrow night’s game starts at 6 pm.

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News & Notes: Josh Duckworth was named Northwest Conference Athlete of the Week for games Dec. 29 – Jan. 5. Duckworth scored a career-high 34 vs. Lewis & Clark, including 15 points over a 2:27 span . . . over the three games, “Duck” averaged 20.5 points . . . The W Club event at the Lewis & Clark doubleheader drew over 70 Whitman alums, parents and friends . . . both basketball coaches, Michelle Ferenz and Eric Bridgeland spoke, as did some players, and Athletic Director, Dean Snider.



Andrew Holt

Whitman Sports Information Director