Free Throw Woes Plague Whit BB Men

News Release Date:
Saturday, January 10

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Chris Faidley poured in 30 points, pushing his career scoring total at Whitman College past the 1,500 mark, but it wasn't enough to keep the Missionaries from dropping a 84-70 Northwest Conference decision to Willamette University Saturday night in Salem, Ore.

Chris Faidley

Whitman, plagued by poor free throw shooting throughout the contest, fell behind 50-30 at the end of a first half in which it made just seven of 16 attempts from the charity stripe.

Willamette, now 3-1 in the NWC and 7-4 overall, saw its lead shrink to 65-52 midway through the second half. Graham Brewer hit a jumper with 1:32 left to play to cut Whitman's deficit to 10 points at 78-68, but that was as close as the Missionaries would come.

The loss dropped Whitman to 2-2 in the NWC and 6-7 overall.

Faidley, who made 12 of 25 shots from the floor and all three of his free throws, also grabbed six rebounds. With his career point total now standing at 1,510, he sits in sixth place on Whitman's all-time scoring list.

Brandon Shaw added 12 points and four assists for Whitman, and Steve Campbell had 10 points and five rebounds off the bench. Brewer and Jordan Wheeler chipped in with identical numbers -- six points and five rebounds.

Willamette had the hot hand to start the game, grabbing early leads of 8-0 and 20-7 through the first six-plus minutes of action. Shaw's layup at the 10:42 mark had Whitman within 10 points at 24-14, but the Bearcats pulled away from there.

Brandon Shaw

After shooting just 27.3 percent from the floor in the opening half, Whitman warmed up a bit in the second half, making 15 of 31 shots (48.4 percent) while whittling away at the Willamette lead. But those comeback efforts stalled as the Missionaries were just nine of 15 from the free throw line and one of seven from the 3-point stripe over the final 20 minutes.

For the game, Whitman converted just 17 of 32 free throw opportunities. Willamette was 28 of 37 from the line.

Counting Friday's game at Linfield, when he matched his single-game career high with 42 points, Faidley is averaging 28.8 points in the four NWC games Whitman has played. His season scoring average, which also tops the conference, is 23.2 points per game.

Whitman returns home next weekend to host a pair of NWC games. Pacific Lutheran comes to Sherwood Center on Friday followed by Puget Sound on Saturday. Both games start at 8 p.m. 

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