Whit Men Finish Season Sweep of Pacific
News Release Date:
Friday, January 30
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With four players scoring in double figures, the Whitman College men completed a season sweep of Pacific University with an 81-76 Northwest Conference victory Friday night in Forest Grove, Ore.
The outcome left both teams with 3-6 records in the NWC. Whitman improved to 7-11 on the season while the Boxers slipped to 8-9 overall.
Freshman guard Brandon Shaw sparked the Missionaries with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists. Senior Chris Faidley nailed four of six 3-points attempts and finished with 16 points.
Whitman juniors Jordan Wheeler and Steve Campbell combined for 26 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
The Missionaries took charge at the game's outset, jumping in front 7-0, 11-3 and 23-10 before settling for a 35-31 lead at he break. With freshman David Michaels, Wheeler and Shaw hitting 3-pointers early in the second half, Whitman stretched its lead to 48-39 with 16:07 left to play.
Pacific chipped away and took its first lead of the night when Garold Howe rattled home a 3-pointer for a 51-50 Boxer lead with 11:27 remaining. Howe hit again from long range to give the home team its final lead at 59-58 with 8:38 to play.
Whitman then turned the tables with three-balls on its next two possessions. Faidley struck first followed by freshman Juan Pablo Alvarez. Michaels assisted on both baskets.
Two more Faidley treys followed by a Steve Campbell layup staked Whitman to a 73-61 lead with just over three minutes left. Down by seven with 30 seconds left, Pacific got a quick four points on a jumper and a rebounding foul call that led to two free throws.
Faidley turned aside that final threat with two free throws at the other end to complete the scoring. His 16 points on the night were just enough to push his career scoring total at Whitman to the 1,600-point plateau.
Faidley is the fifth player in the history of Whitman men's basketball to score 1,600 points. He needs just six points in Saturday's game at George Fox to move into fourth place on the all-time Missionary scoring ladder, ahead of 1987 graduate Dave Mastin.
As a team, Whitman harassed Pacific into 20 turnovers while drilling 11 3-pointers. Michaels, who was two of three from the 3-point arc, contributed eight points, a team-high five rebounds and three assists.
Earlier this season in Walla Walla, Whitman rolled to an 87-72 victory over the Boxers.
The Missionaries head to Newberg, Ore., on Saturday to play George Fox at 6 p.m.
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