Pioneers Hold Off Whit Men for 69-63 Win

News Release Date:
Saturday, January 24

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Hitting the backboards for 16 offensive rebounds, Whitman College gave the Lewis & Clark men all they could handle before giving way 69-63 Saturday night in Northwest Conference basketball action in Portland, Ore.

Brandon Shaw

Lewis & Clark, which trailed visiting Whitman by four points midway through the second half, retains sole possession of second place in the NWC with a 6-2 record (12-5 overall).

The loss dropped Whitman to 2-6 and 6-11.

The Missionaries rallied for a 30-29 lead late in the first half half, but Lewis & Clark scored the last five points for a 34-30 edge at the break. Whitman continued to surge early in the second half, pulling even at 39-39 and 41-41 before jumping into a 49-45 lead with 10 minutes left.

After the Pioneers regained command with six unanswered points, Whitman took its final lead of the night at 52-51. Whitman trailed 59-58 with less than five minutes left, but Lewis & Clark hit a string of free throws in the closing minutes to preserve its win.

Brandon Shaw finished with a game-high 20 points for Whitman. Chris Faidley added 18 points, five rebounds and three steals, but Steve Campbell was Whitman's next highest score with seven points. David Michaels chipped in with six points, six rebounds and three steals.

Despite Whitman's active night on the offensive glass, Lewis & Clark held a 41-40 rebounding  advantage overall. With six boards, Jordan Wheeler was one of six Missionaries who grabbed four or more rebounds. Wheeler also handed out a team-high four assists.

Whitman stays on the road next weekend to open the second of the NWC season. The Missionaries play at Pacific on Friday and George Fox on Saturday.

Whitman opened the conference campaign early this month with victories over both of those teams in Sherwood Center. 

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