Men's Basketball Looks to Claim Second Place Vs. Pacific and Lewis & Clark
News Release Date:
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Walla Walla, WA – After handing Puget Sound an 89 - 62 loss last Saturday night in Tacoma, the Missionaries enter this weekend’s two-game home stand tied for third in the NWC with George Fox at 6 – 4, and sit just one game behind Saturday night’s opponent, Lewis & Clark (7 – 3).
|Matt Mounier, So.|
First, Whitman hosts Pacific University (5 - 4 NWC, 11 – 7) on Friday at 8 pm, who is lurking just a half-game back in fourth. So, needless to say, there is a lot at stake when the Missionaries take the court at home tomorrow and Saturday.
The Whits have won three-of-four, downing Linfield and Willamette at home prior to their Sea-Tac split at Pacific Lutheran and UPS.
The Missionaries continue to outdistance the rest of the conference in scoring, averaging 91 points per game. The next closest team is Whitworth at 76.1. Whitman leads the league in rebounds per game at 40 and is second in assists at 14.1 – George Fox averages 14.2.
Missionary guard Matt Mounier (So, Encino, CA) was a runner-up for NWC Student-Athlete of the Week for his two games last weekend, as he scored 22 and grabbed six boards against PLU and then added 18 points in the win over the Loggers, increasing his season average to 14.6 – seventh best in the conference. Junior forward Ben Eisenhardt (Bainbridge Island, WA) continues to lead the team in scoring at 16.2 per game – fourth in the NWC.
In the season’s first meeting in Forest Grove, OR, junior forward Ryan Gilkey (Woodinville, WA) came off the bench to score 18 points in a 76 – 65 victory. The Missionaries swept the season series last year and have won four-of-five from the Boxers.
|Ryan Gilkey, Jr.|
Pacific had won three-in-a-row until losing to George Fox at home last Saturday 85 – 76. The Boxers are led in scoring by guard Danny Brakebush (16.1 ppg) who averages over 44 % from beyond the arc – a conference-best. Earlier this season at Forest Grove, Brakebush scored a game-high 23 against the Whits.
On Saturday, the Missionaries look to avenge an earlier season road loss at Lewis & Clark, 88 – 84, that handed Whitman its first conference defeat. Junior point-guard Josh Duckworth (Los Angeles, CA) scored a career-high 34 points, pouring in fifteen of the Whits last seventeen points in a span of over just two minutes.
The team’s split last season’s series with the Pioneers winning the last two-of-three.
Entering the weekend (L & C plays at Whitworth Friday night), the Pioneers have won six-straight, their last loss coming against the No. 3 ranked Pirates. They are currently 13 – 6.
L & C possesses one of the conference’s best sharpshooters – guard Serg Ovchinnikov ranks second in three-point field goal percentage (44.1 %).
Both games tip-off at 8 pm at Sherwood Athletic Center.
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Whitman Sports Information Director