Artis Shoots Whit Men Past Pacific 93-89

News Release Date:
Saturday, January 9

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – With Justin Artis making seven of eight 3-point shots and scoring a career-high 29 points, Whitman College ran its season record to 9-4 -- matching its best start to a basketball season in two-plus decades -- with a 93-89 victory over Pacific University Saturday night on George Ball Court in Sherwood Center.

Whitman, now 3-1 in the Northwest Conference, also got 19 points, five rebounds and five assists from David Michaels, 16 points from Brandon Shaw and 12 points from LuQuam Thompson.

Justin Artis

The loss dropped Pacific to 0-4 in the NWC and 4-9 overall.

Colin Wester and A.J. Gaulton scored 21 points apiece to pace Pacific. Adam McElwee had 15 and LeMar Anglin 11.

Down 44-37 at halftime, Pacific opened the second stanza on a four-minute 16-6 run to move in front 53-50. After the Boxers extended their lead to 61-54, the two sides deadlocked at 67-67 with nine minutes left to play. 

Artis at that point canned a pair of threes in a 10-second span to trigger a 14-2 burst that gave the Missionaries an 81-69 cushion with five minutes left on the clock.

David Michaels

Pacific refused to fold, twice clawing back to within four points, the second time at 89-85 with a minute remaining. The Boxers inched to within 92-89 with nine seconds on the clock, but after Shaw's free throw again made it a four-point game, Pacific missed on its final desperation shot.

Pacific jumped in front 17-11 in the first eight minutes of the first half. Consecutive threes by freshmen Brady Brent and LuQuam Thompson staked Whitman toa 25-23 lead with eight minutes left, but the Boxers bounced back for a 34-28 advantage at the four-minute mark.

That's when the run-and-gun Missionaries, who top the NWC in scoring, raced away on a 16-3 run to close out the half with a 44-37 lead. Artis hit his second and third 3-pointers of the half during the spurt, which the 6-foot-7 Michaels emphatically capped with a soaring, driving slam with one second on the clock.

Michaels, who was fouled on the play, added the free throw line to complete the first-half scoring.

Artis, who made four of five 3-point attempts in Friday's victory over George Fox, was ten of 12 from the floor overall against Pacific. He also made both of his free throw attempts and snared four rebounds.

Michaels was almost as efficient against the Boxers, making eight of 11 shots from the floor. The Missionaries shot 46.9 percent from the floor as a team.

Pacific also had a good shooting night, making 54.1 percent of its field goal attempts. With Carson Bartlett snaring 11 boards, the Boxers won the rebounding battle 38-33 but were also pestered into 21 turnovers. 

Whitman plays its next three NWC games on the road, starting next Friday and Saturday at Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound in the Tacoma, Wash., area. Pacific plays at Linfield next Friday and then hosts Lewis & Clark on Saturday.

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