Loggers Whittle Down Missionary Men

News Release Date:
Saturday, January 17

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Antwan Williams scored 17 points and four of his Puget Sound teammates also scored in double figures as the Loggers knocked off Whitman College 75-60 Saturday night in Sherwood Center.

Puget Sound stayed perfect in the Northwest Conference, improving to 6-0 and 13-2 overall.

Brandon Shaw

Whitman, slipping to 2-4 and 6-9, got 14 points from freshman Brandon Shaw and 13 points apiece from senior Chris Faidley and junior Jordan Wheeler.

The Loggers led 32-24 at intermission and maintained their lead throughout the second half, although Whitman stayed within reach. After Wheeler's two free throws reduced the Missionary deficit to 10 points at 48-38 with 11:41 left, a quick Logger burst inflated the lead to 18 points. Whitman made a final charge, getting nine points from Faidley and a Shaw layin to chop the Logger advantage down to nine points, 63-54, with four minutes remaining.

Shaw scored again with three minutes left to keep Whitman within nine at 65-56, but Puget Sound capitalized by making 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch to hold off the Missionaries. Others scoring in double digits for the Loggers were Austin Boyce with 14, Robert Kraul with 13, Jason Foster with 11, and Steffond Brown with 10.

With Shaw, Wheeler and Graham Brewer each grabbing seven rebounds, Whitman won the backboard battle 40-37. Neither side shot well and the two sides pestered one another into a total of 48 turnovers. Williams had four steals for the Loggers.  

Brown's two free throws gave Puget Sound a 19-9 lead with 11 minutes gone in the first half. Whitman responded with an 11-4 scoring spree to close within three points. Max Adcox and David Michaels scored inside to trigger the run, and Steve Campbell added a 3-pointer. The Loggers pushed their lead back to double digits, but Juan Pablo Alvarez scored just before buzzer to get Whitman within eight at the break.

Faidley's 13 points increased his career scoring total to 1,552 points, moving him into fifth place on Whitman's all-time scoring list. Faidley passed 1969 Whitman graduate Bruce Bennett, who rang up 1,549 points in just three college seasons. Bennett played his prep ball at McLoughlin Union High School in nearby Milton-Freewater, Ore.

Whitman heads to Spokane on Tuesday to play Whitworth at 6 p.m. Puget Sound hosts Pacific and Willamette next Friday and Saturday.

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