Whitman Men Extend Their Winning Streak to 7 Games With Win Over Walla Walla U.
News Release Date:
Tuesday, December 18
Walla Walla, Wash. – The Whitman Men’s Basketball team extended its winning streak to 7 games as it defeated Walla Walla University 107 to 76 at George Ball Court on the Whitman Campus tonight – the Missionaries topping the 100 – point mark for the fourth time this season. The win improves Whitman’s record to 7 – 2 overall.
Ryan Gilkey, Jr.
WWU came out and tested the Missionaries early, taking a 5 to 2 lead on a lay-up from freshman center Miguel Martinez. Whitman countered with 9-to-nothing spurt on a corner three from Josh Duckworth (Jr, Los Angeles, CA), a driving lay-in by Ben Eisenhardt (Jr, Bainbridge Island, WA), a corner three from Matt Mounier (So, Encino, CA), and a free throw from Ryan Gilkey (Jr, Woodenville, WA) giving the Missionaries an 11 to 5 lead.
But the Wolves kept coming at the Whitties and were still in the ballgame at the half, down 55 to 40. Whitman Coach, Eric Bridgeland, pointed out the intensity of the first half, “I think Walla Walla University is vastly improved over last year. I think Coach Jimmy Hill is doing an amazing job. They never quit. We had a nice lead early and they just kept cutting into that.”
In the first 8 minutes of the second stanza, the Missionaries stepped up the defensive effort, coming up with stops that led to buckets at the other end. Eisenhardt, who tallied 12 for the game, was a major beneficiary as he used his 6 – 10 frame to power in on drives and drop in close-range jumpers. An Eisenhardt stuff made the margin 76 to 44 with less than 12 minutes to play.
Ben Eisenhardt, Jr.
WWU sophomore guard Tyreek Luckett hit four treys in a row but Whitman’s Clark countered with two corner three-balls of his own, and the Missionaries were able maintain their 22 point margin with a little over nine minutes remaining. Moments later, Whitman went on a 12 – 0 run to increase the lead to 96 – 66 to finally douse the Wolves’ fire. A Clark trey from the corner put the Whitties over the century mark at 102 – 71.
“I thought we played considerably harder in the second half”, said Coach Bridgeland. “And it was nice to know that we could turn it on like that.”
The Missionaries were led in scoring by Gilkey whose relentless work inside garnered him 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe. Mounier and Duckworth added 13, as did Clark.
Luckett led all scorers with 30, hitting 9-of-13 from the floor, including 6 treys, and a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. The Wolves also got 10 from Martinez
Once again, the Missionaries led their opponent in field goal attempts 70 to 53, and won the turnover battle, committing only 11 while forcing 30.
Whitman takes its 7 – 2 record into a Thursday night matchup at home against Simpson College of Iowa. Tip-off is at 8 pm at the Sherwood Athletic Center.