Early Pirate Threes Help Sink Whit Men

News Release Date:
Tuesday, January 20

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Hitting five 3-pointers in the first six minutes of the game, Whitworth University bolted to an 18-5 lead and was never headed en route to a 101-70 men's baskeetball victory over Whitman College Tuesday night in Spokane, Wash.

The victory gives Whitworth sole possession of second place in the Northwest Conference with a 5-2 record (13-3 overall). The loss dropped Whitman to 2-5 and 6-10.

Whitworth led 43-27 at intermission, allowed Whitman no closer than 15 points in the second half, and stretched its lead from 21 to 31 points over the final seven minutes. The Pirates finished with 11 3-pointers, shot 56.7 percent from the floor, and won the rebounding battle 38-33.

Whitman converted 29 of 33 free throw chances but shot just under 30 percent from the floor. Freshman Brandon Shaw made nine of 11 free throws in scoring a team-high 15 points. The Missionaries also got 14 points from Chris Faidley, 13 from Steve Campbell, and 10 points, six rebounds and three steals from freshman David Michaels. Jordan Wheeler added eight points and four assists.

Ross Nakamura played all 40 minutes for Whitworth and finished with a game-high 25 points. David Riley had 23 points for the Pirates. 

Whitman returns to the road on Saturday, playing at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Ore. 

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