BB Men Bury Wildcats, Claim Share of Second in NWC
News Release Date:
Saturday, February 11
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Shooting 56.4 percent from the floor while knocking down 13 three-pointers, Whitman College grabbed a share of second in the Northwest Conference men's basketball standings with an 87-60 victory over Linfield Saturday night in McMinnville, Ore.
Whitman, now 10-4 in the NWC and 17-6 overall, heads to the final week of the regular season in a tie for second place with Puget Sound.
The Missionaries, still in the hunt for a home game in the first round of the NWC playoffs, finishes this week at home, hosting first-place Whitworth on Tuesday and Willamette (3-11 NWC, 5-18 overall) on Friday.
Both of those games start at 8 p.m. in Sherwood Center.
Puget Sound's final week has the Loggers playing at Lewis & Clark on Friday and traveling to Linfield on Saturday.
Whitman held the upper hand for much of tonight's game at Linfield. Jumpers by Ben Eisenhardt and Brandon Shaw, followed by a David Michaels 3-pointer, helped the Missionaries break free from an early 9-9 deadlock.
Linfield closed to within 23-21 with eight minutes left in the half, but Whitman finished the on a 21-8 run to lead by 15 points at the break. Michaels scored nine of his game-high 17 points to spark the outburst.
The Wildcats drew no closer than 11 points early in the second half before Whitman turned the game into a rout.
Eisenhardt's 3-pointer stretched the lead to 73-43 with 8:21 left. A few minutes later, freshman Matt Mounier and sophomore Ryan Gilkey combined for 10 points and Shaw added a steal and jumper, giving Whitman its biggest lead of the night at 85-47 with 4:38 left.
Ignas Pavilonis hit four times from the 3-point stripe, scoring 14 points and snaring five rebounds in 14 minutes on the floor. Eisenhardt called it a night with 12 points and six boards.
LuQuam Thompson tallied nine points while six more Missionaries scored either five or six points.
David Lee with 14 points and Anderson with 11 were the only Wildcats scoring in double figures. The loss left Linfield at 2-12 in the NWC and 4-19 on the season.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org