BB Men Beat Cal Tech, Even Record at 2-2

News Release Date:
Tuesday, November 24

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College men's basketball team evened its early season record at 2-2 with a 78-63 victory over Cal Tech Tuesday night in Pasadena, Calif. 

Overcoming a poor shooting night with a stifling defense that forced 37 turnovers, Whitman broke free from a 28-28 halftime stalemate and led by as many as 21 points in the second half. Cal Tech scored the game's final four points to narrow its final margin of defeat. 

Peter Clark

Freshman Peter Clark hit three 3-pointers and led the Whitman attack with 15 points. Justin Artis added 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals, and Daniel Davidson was good for 11 points and four boards.

Whitman also got nine points from freshman Drew Raher and eight points apiece from freshman LuQuam Thompson and sophomore Brandon Shaw.

The Missionaries finished with a total of 22 steals as Thompson, Shaw and senior Jordan Wheeler each filched four. Wheeler also snared seven rebounds as Whitman outboarded Cal Tech 52-39.

Justin Artis

Cal Tech, dropping to 0-3 on the season, is an NCAA Division III member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Mike Edwards, a 6-foot-7 freshman, paced the Beavers with 21 points. Ryan Elmquist, a 6-foot-5 junior, added 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.

The two teams deadlocked for a final time at 30-30 early in the second half, but Clark drained a 3-pointer and Thompson converted two free throws to put the Missionaries ahead for good. Cal Tech stayed close until Whitman began pulling away with about 12 minutes left to play.

After the Beavers pulled to within 55-46 with 10:29 remaining, Whitman clicked off six straight points and kept its lead in double digits the rest of the way.

Davidson's tip-in followed by a Clark 3-pointer gave the Missionaries a 20-point cushion at 71-51 with just under five minutes left on the clock.

Whitman's lead peaked a few minutes at 75-54 when Artis nailed a three. 

Daniel Davidson

Cal Tech got the early jump, scoring the game's first four points and moving in front 10-4 five minutes into the contest. Whitman caught the Beavers at 13-13 on a layin by freshman Brady Brent with about 11 minutes left in the first half. 

Wheeler's bucket handed the Missionaries their largest of the lead of the opening half at 22-18 with about four minutes remaining.

The two teams worked through six tie scores and nine lead changes during the first 20 minutes of action.

Whitman shot just 23 percent from the floor in the first half before finishing the game at 30.7 percent. Cal Tech hit 51.2 of its field goal attempts on the night.

Whitman continues its three-game swing through California when it plays West Coast Baptist at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Lancaster, Calif.

The Missionaries also have an 11 a.m. game Saturday at the University of Redlands.

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