Men Fall at Linfield, Faidley Goes for 42

News Release Date:
Friday, January 9

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Despite 42 points from senior Chris Faidley, the Whitman College men dropped a 93-84 Northwest Conference decision at Linfield College Friday night in McMinnville, Ore.

Chris Faidley

Whitman, which trailed 43-41 at halftime and traded leads with the Wildcats over the first 11 minuts of the second half, saw its record slip to 2-1 in the NWC and 6-6 on the season.

Linfield improved to 1-2 in conference and 3-8 overall. Five Wildcats scored in double figures.

Faidley, who matched his career high in scoring, made 12 of 23 shots from the floor, including six of 14 attempts from the 3-point arc. He also converted 12 of 13 free throws.

Freshman Brandon Shaw with 18 points was the only other Missionary scoring in double figures, although Jordan Wheeler added nine points and four steals. Steve Campbell added eight points off the bench.

Whitman led 67-66 midway through the second half, but two free throws at the 9:03 mark pushed Linfield into a one-point lead. Two more free throws and a string of three buckets staked the Wildcats to a 76-70 advantage, and from there Linfield nailed 15 of 18 free throws over the final five minutes to hold Whitman at bay.

After Whitman jumped in front 9-4 in the game's first four minutes, the opening half settled into a back-and-forth tussle that featured seven ties. Wheeler's 3-pointer with 25 seconds left in the half gave Whitman a 41-40 lead, but Linfield's Erik Olson countered with a trey at the buzzer for a two-point Wildcat lead at the break.

Linfield inched ahead by six points early in the second half, but Whitman rallied and was up 63-58 with 11:56 remaining when Faidley was fouled on a 3-point attempt and canned all three freebies.

Faidley's jumper and two Shaw free throws made it 67-62 Whitman with 10:06 on the clock. That's when Olson, who paced Linfield with 22 points and seven boards, hit a 3-pointer that triggered a decisive 12-0 Wildcat run over the next three minutes. 

The run-and-gun Missionaries took 23 more shots than Linfield and forced the Wildcats into 22 turnovers, 15 in the first half. Whitman also struck 10 times from the 3-point line. Linfield countered with a 35-19 victory on the backboards and shot 67.5 percent from the floor for the game. 

Faidley's big scoring night leaves him 20 points shy of becoming only the sixth Whitman player in history to score more than 1,500 points in a Missionary career. He also heads to Saturday's game as this season's NWC scoring leader. 

Whitman faces another tough test when it squares off with Willamette at 6 p.m. Saturday in Salem. The Bearcats also slipped to 2-1 in conference Friday after losing 69-68 to Whitworth. 

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