Men's Basketball Falls to PLU on the Road 74 - 68

News Release Date:
Friday, January 25

Tacoma, WA – Forward Matt Mounier (So, Encino, CA) scored 22 and point-guard Josh Duckworth (Jr, Los Angeles, CA) added 19 but it was not enough as Pacific Lutheran held off the Missionaries 74 – 68 at Olson Auditorium tonight. The loss puts the Whits at 5 – 4 in the NWC and 11 – 6 overall. The Lutes improve to 3 – 6 and 5 – 13.

Matt Mounier, So.

With Lewis & Clark beating George Fox, Whitman now sits in a tie for fourth with L & C. For complete NWC standings click Standings.

PLU jumped out to an early 4 – 0 lead and led by as many as eleven when Cameron Schilling hit a jumper to make it 19 – 8 with 12:20 left in the first half. The Missionaries charged back, though, putting together a 15 – 4 run over the next 5:27 to tie the score 23 – 23 on a Mounier three-pointer. The Whits took their first lead with 4:42 remaining when Drew Raher (Sr, San Francisco, CA) drilled a three-ball. The half ended with the Lutes leading 30 – 28.

Whitman quickly reclaimed the lead 15-seconds into the second stanza when Mounier hit another three. Bryce Miller grabbed it back for the Lutes with a layup, giving PLU a 32 – 31 edge. The two teams battled back-and-forth over the next nine minutes with the Whits taking their last lead 52 – 51 on two Mounier free-throws (7-of-7) at the 10:01 mark.

Josh Duckworth, Jr.

Cameron Reister gave the Lutes the lead again with two consecutive treys and they would not relinquish it the rest of the way.  The Missionaries cut the margin to one when Duckworth converted a layup with just over eight minutes to play, but after a PLU spurt, Whitman would never get closer than 4.

Cameron Schilling led the Lutes attack with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Earnest added 12 points, Bryce Miller 11 boards. Whitman was led in rebounding by Ben Eisenhardt (Jr, Bainbridge Island, WA) with 8.

The Missionaries converted 76 % of their free-throws (16-of-21); the Lutes only 51% (18-of-35)

Whitman continues its road ways tomorrow night at Puget Sound (1-8 NWC) – a 6 pm tip.

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Andrew Holt

Whitman Sports Information Director