Whit Men Turn Early Deficit Into Big Win

News Release Date:
Friday, November 20

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College men's basketball team evened its early season record at 1-1 with a 95-73 victory over Portland Bible College in Friday night's Walla Walla Vineyard Inn/Bon Appetit Classic on George Ball Court in Sherwood Center.

After falling behind 32-15 over the first 12 minutes of the first half, Whitman came charging back to even the count at 44-44 by intermission.

Peter Clark sparked the revival with a 3-pointer and two free throws. Jordan Wheeler also nailed a three early in the surge while LuQuam Thompson added four buckets, the last of which came just before the halftime buzzer.

The Missionaries then opened the second half on a 15-5 run to push their lead into double digits at 59-49. Justin Artis triggered the run with a jumper and capped it with a three-point play when he was fouled while knocking down another jumper.

With Whitman up by 10, Portland Bible drew no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Peter Clark

Brady Brent, one of five freshmen on the Whitman roster, helped keep the visitors at bay midway through the second half. In one 60-second span, the rangy 6-foot-6 wing hit two perimeter shots, one of them a trey, and blocked two shots on the same Portland Bible possession. 

Clark, a 6-4 freshman wing, hit five 3-pointers on the night to lead a balanced Whitman attack with 17 points. Thompson, a freshman guard, added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists.

LuQuam Thompson

Whitman also got 12 points from sophomore Brandon Shaw, 10 from junior Daniel Davidson and nine each from Artis, Brent, David Michaels and Drew Raher.

Stephen McCall had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists to pace Portland Bible, which saw its record slip to 6-4. Michael Cooper added 17 points and three blocked shots, and Joshua Swink chipped in with 10 points

Whitman was just as balanced in building a 43-31 advantage on the backboards. While the 5-foot-11 Thompson was the leading rebounder with six, Michaels and Raher grabbed five apiece, and three other Missionaries snared four each.

Brandon Shaw

Whitman's swarming pressure defense forced Portland Bible into 26 turnovers. Clark had three steals while four other Missionaries each had two.

In men's tournament action earlier in the day, William Jessup beat Lewis & Clark 84-80 in overtime.

The tournament concludes on Saturday, when Lewis & Clark plays Portland Bible at 4 p.m. and Whitman hosts William Jessup at 8 p.m. 

Whitman's third annual Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic, a four-team women's tournament, also concludes on Saturday. Whitworth and Macalester play at 2 p.m. with the Whitman women hosting Lewis-Clark State at 6 p.m.

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