Hot-Shooting Loggers Knock Off Whit Men

News Release Date:
Saturday, January 16

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Shooting nearly 60 percent from the floor, defending Northwest Conference champion Puget Sound handed the Whitman College men an 88-66 basketball loss Saturday afternoon in Tacoma, Wash.

The Loggers, who struggled to start the season, improved to 2-4 in the NWC and 6-9 overall.

Whitman, a young squad that has played four of its first six conference games on the road, fell to 3-3 and 9-6.

Brandon Shaw

Up 47-32 at intermission, the Loggers scored the first four points of the second half and never let the Missionaries back into the ballgame.

Puget Sound erased a 4-3 Whitman lead at the outset of the first half with a 14-0 run that included 3-pointers by three different players. 

Freshman LuQuam Thompson hit a 3-pointer to trim Whitman's deficit to 18-9 with 13:31 left in the half. After the Loggers stretched their lead to 34-17, the Missionaries clawed back and trailed 41-30 when freshman Brady Brent made two free throws at the 2:21 mark.

The home team closed out the half with a 6-2 spurt to lead by 15 at the break.

Whitman sophomore Brandon Shaw led all scorers with 23 points. He was seven of 11 from the floor and picked off five rebounds and two steals.

Jordan Wheeler

Shaw was the only Missionary scoring in double figures, however. As a team, Whitman hit just 28 percent of its shots in the second half and finished the night at 33.9 percent.

Jordan Wheeler, one of only two seniors on the Whitman roster, was two of three from the floor and four of five from free throw stripe for nine points. Thompson added eight points and and five rebounds while freshman Drew Raher was good for eight points and six boards.

Brady and sophomore David Michaels chipped in with seven points apiece.

With 18 points and six rebounds, senior Colin Roach was one of four Loggers scoring in double figures. Puget Sound also got 17 points from Kaleb Shelton, 13 from Nadav Heyman and 11 from Bryce Levin.

Puget Sound made eight of 19 from the 3-point line and converted 22 of 25 charity tosses. The Loggers won the rebounding battle 38-30, but Whitman forced the home team into 24 turnovers. 

Whitman returns to the road on Tuesday for a 8 p.m. game against Whitworth in Spokane, Wash. The Missionaries then host Linfield at 8 p.m. next Saturday in Sherwood Center. 

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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