LC Holds Off Whit Men on Senior Night

News Release Date:
Friday, February 20

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Tyler Tsukazaki hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 of his 24 points in the second half to lift Lewis & Clark College to a 73-68 Northwest Conference victory over Whitman College Friday night in Sherwood Center.

Spoiling "senior night" at Whitman, Lewis & Clark improved to 10-5 in the NWC (18-8 overall) and stayed in the hunt for the No. 2 seed in next week's conference playoffs.

Senior Chris Faidley, honored prior to the game for finishing his career in the No. 2 spot on Whitman's all-time scoring list, just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Brandon Shaw also came close to a double with 19 points and eight rebounds.

Whitman ended its season with records of 5-11 in the NWC and 9-16 overall.

Lewis & Clark concludes its regular season Sunday afternoon against Whitworth University in Spokane. By winning on Sunday, the Pioneers can finish in a second-place tie with Whitworth and get the No. 2 seed in next week's conference playoffs.

Trailing 64-51 with three minutes left, Whitman mounted a fierce comeback triggered by a Faidley 3-pointer. Shaw's layup drew the Missionaries within a single point at 69-68 with 38 seconds remaining, but James Hollins countered with two free throws for Lewis & Clark and Whitman turned the ball over on their final possession.

The Pioneers led by as many seven points in the first half, but senior Brendan Ziegler canned two free throws with 1:26 left to give Whitman a 26-25 lead. Drake Green's layup put Lewis & Clark on top 27-26 at the break.

Tsukazaki, who had just two points at halftime, nailed a string six threes in the second stanza. Edwards with 12 points was the only other Pioneer scoring in double figures.

Jordan Wheeler added 12 points and four assists for Whitman. The Missionaries, who also got seven rebounds from Ziegler, outboarded the Pioneers 41-35 but couldn't match Lewis & Clark's toasty second-half shooting.

Faidley, who is leading the NWC in scoring for a second straight season, finished his Whitman career with 1,720 points. Don Woodworth, a 1968 graduate who holds Whitman's all-time scoring record with 2,019 points, was on hand for the pre-game ceremonies. Also present were 1991 graduate Keith Orchard, No. 4 on the school scoring list with 1,621 points, and 1987 graduate Dave Mastin, No. 5 with 1,605 points.

Please check back later for more of tonight's game details.  


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