Faidley, Shaw Power Whits Over Olivet

News Release Date:
Friday, November 28

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With senior Chris Faidley and freshman Brandon Shaw combining for 58 points, Whitman College gave first-year coach Eric Bridgeland his first victory with a 91-87 triumph over Olivet College Friday night at the San Antonio (Texas) Shootout on the Trinity University campus.

Chris Faidley

Faidley hit eight 3-pointers and scored a game-high 36 points to pace the Missionaries. Shaw, who played his high school ball in the Dallas, Texas, area, added 22 points.

Whitman, now 1-2 on the season, plays Trinity at 6 p.m. (Pacific standard time) Saturday. Trinity squeaked past Olivet 63-61 in overtime Thursday night. Olivet, an NCAA Div. III member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, slipped to 2-4 on the season.

"This was by far our most solid outing of the games we've played," Whitman coach Eric Bridgeland said. Whitman shot 49.2 percent from the floor, outrebounded Olivet 42-38 and forced the Comets into 21 turnovers.

"The game wouldn't have been as close had we just made some free throws," Bridgeland added. Whitman was just 13 of 26 from the charity stripe.

The Missionaries jumped in front 8-0 in the first 74 seconds of the game, but Olivet rallied for a 21-21 tie with 11:28 left in the half. The Comets forged a third tie at 34-all, but two Faidley 3-pointers sandwiched around two Jordan Wheeler free throws had Whitman on top 42-36 with five minutes remaining.

The Missionaries led 49-47 at the break, thanks in large part to Faidley's 20 points. He was good on six of nine 3-point tries in the first half.

Brandon Shaw

Whitman led by as many as nine points early in the second stanza, but Brandon McClary's trey with 8:20 left gave Olivet a 72-71 lead. The two sides traded leads for the next few minutes, but Faidley's long bomb with 4:29 on the clock put Whitman back in front for good at 79-78.

The Missionaries twice stretched their advantage to six points down the stretch, once on two free throws by Max Adcox and once on a single freebie by Wheeler. McClary's layup with four seconds left cut Olivet's deficit to 89-87, but Faidley canned a final two free throws to finish the scoring.

Faidley finished his night with an eight-of-15 performance from the 3-point arc. He also was one of four Missionaries to grab six rebounds.

Shaw, who joins Faidley and Wheeler in the guard rotation, did most of his damage on drives down the lane, making 10 of 18 shots from the floor. "When the defense picks up Faidley outside, it's tough to keep Brandon out of the lane," Bridgeland said.

Wheeler added eight points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals for the Missionaries. Whitman also got a nice boost from senior Brendan Ziegler, who had six points and six rebounds after missing the team's first two games because of a hand injury.

"Brendan played with a lot of emotion and a lot of enthusiasm," Bridgeland said. "It was great to see." 

Faidley's 36-point night moves him into eighth place on Whitman's career scoring list with 1,285 points. He passed 1958 graduate Bob Becker, who scored 1,255 points at Whitman.  

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu