Men's Hoops Looks to Break 2nd Place Logjam at PLU and UPS

News Release Date:
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Walla Walla, WA – After a two-win home stand last weekend, the Whitman Men’s Basketball team enters tomorrow night’s game against Pacific Lutheran University in a three-way tie for second place in the NWC. The Whits are knotted with Lewis & Clark and George Fox at 5 – 3; Whitworth sits atop the standings at 8 – 0 (for full NWC standings click Standings).

On Saturday, the Missionaries visit Puget Sound, 1 – 7 in conference and 6 – 11 overall.

Whitman beat PLU (2 – 6 in the NWC and 4 – 13 overall) at George Ball Court 81 – 68 back on December 8, as the Missionaries garnered their second conference win. Guard Matt Mounier (So, Encino, CA) led the Whits in scoring with 20 (14 in the first half) and forward Ben Eisenhardt (Jr, Bainbridge Island, WA) added 19 with 6 rebounds. The Missionaries got out to an early lead and were never headed.

Ben Eisenhardt, Jr.

In last year’s matchup in Tacoma, Whitman used a late three-pointer from guard Ignas Pavilonis (Sr, Silute, Lithuania) and a free throw from Mounier to clip PLU 58 – 57, sweeping the season series, winning at the Sherwood Athletic Center 73 – 68 a few weeks later.

The Lutes are led by wing Cameron Schilling who ranks third in the conference in rebounding (7.3 rpg) and is the top PLU scorer (13.8 ppg).

In the first meeting with UPS this season, the Missionaries downed the Loggers 111 – 77 in their conference opener. Point-guard Jackson Clough (Fr, Seattle, WA) had a career-high 22 points (12-of-12 free-throws) as Whitman scored the first 12 points of the game and never looked back.

Last season the Loggers took all three games between the schools, including the opening game of the NWC Tournament.

Guard Rex Holmes is scoring 14 ppg for Puget Sound. Forward Riggs Yarbro averages 12.

Whitman’s Ben Eisenhardt was named NWC Student-Athlete of the Week on Monday for his play over last weekend, averaging over 20.5 points and playing a huge defensive role. The 6-10 forward currently ranks second in conference scoring (16.9 ppg), fourth in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and shooting percentage (55.6 %) -- fellow Missionary forward Ryan Gilkey (Jr, Woodinville, WA) ranks first (66.7 %).

The tip-off for the PLU game is 8 pm, the UPS game 6 pm.

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Andrew Holt

Whitman Sports Information Director