Duckworth Scores Career High 34 as Lewis & Clark Edges Whitman 88 - 84
News Release Date:
Friday, January 4
Point-guard Josh Duckworth tallied a career-best 34 points but it was not enough to overcome Lewis & Clark in Portland -- the Pionners held on for a 88 - 84 victory, handing the Whitties their first conference loss of the season, dropping the Missionaries into 3rd place at 2 - 1, behind 3 - 0 Whitworth and 2 - 0 George Fox. Whitman's overall record is now 8 - 4.
Josh Duckworth, Jr.
Duckworth shot 65 % from the field, converting 5 of 7 three-pointers and dropping in 5 free throws. The 6-2 junior from Los Angeles scored 15 of the Missionaries last 17 points of the game as Whitman made a final run at the Pioneers.
With the Missionaries trailing 79 - 67 with 2:27 remaining, Duckworth stole the ball and went the other way for a layup. He followed that with a three-ball and then a driving layin. Freshman guard Jackson Clough hit a hanging pump shot to cut the lead to 82 - 76 with 42 seconds left on the clock.
After a series of free-throws from L & C, Duckworth connected on another three to cut the lead to 6 again. "Duck" converted two free throws and then sank another trey with just seconds remaining but by then the Pioneers had converted three more times from the charity stripe as the Missionaries were forced to foul, and the final buzzer sounded with the deficit at 4.
Mat Mounier, So.
The first half was a seesaw battle that saw several lead changes before L & C pulled ahead 43 - 38 heading into intermission. The Whitties opened the second half with a 11-0 blitz that gave them a 49 - 45 lead. Duckworth converted a layup and a trey from the wing, Matt Mounier a baby hook, and Ben Eisenhardt a pair of free throws and a leaner before two minutes had burned off the clock.
The Pioneers countered with a mini-run of their own to retake the lead at 50 - 49. The two teams matched baskets with Whitman taking the lead for the last time 59 - 58 on an Eisenhardt drive. Lewis & Clark responded with a coast-to-coast layup by Kurt Parker and the Pioneers would never relinquish the lead.
Sophomore guard Mounier of Encino, CA hit for 16 points and junior Eisenhardt (Bainbridge Island, WA) finished with 12 to account for Whitman's double-digit scoring.
The Pioneers were led by James Hollins with 23 who hit 9-of-12 free throws, many down the stretch in the second half, and Ross Erickson and Kurt Parker both had 15.
The Missionaries travel to Pacific University for a 6 pm tip tomorrow night.