Ranked Pirates Shoot Past Whitman Men

News Release Date:
Tuesday, January 19

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With all five starters scoring in double-digits and two reserves adding nine points apiece, the Whitman College men's basketball team put plenty of points on the scoreboard Tuesday night against Whitworth University in Spokane.

But so did Whitworth. The Pirates shot 69 percent from the floor for the game, making 40 of 58 field goal attempts, en route to a 110-83 victory.

Whitworth, which also went 10 of 19 from the 3-point line, led 65-38 at intermission and then held the Missionaries at arm's length in the second half. Both teams tallied 45 points over the final 20 minutes. 

LuQuam Thompson

Whitworth, ranked No. 18 in one NCAA DIII national poll, improved to 14-2 on the season and 7-0 in the NWC.

A young Whitman squad slipped to 9-7 and 3-4.

Sophomore Brandon Shaw led Whitman with 14 points, but sophomore David Michaels and freshman LuQuam Thompson were close behind with 12 points apiece. The Missionaries also got 11 points and four rebounds from freshman Peter Clark, and 10 points from junior Justin Artis.

Junior Daniel Davidson and freshman Brady Brent each added nine points to Whitman's balanced attack.

David Riley enjoyed a monster game for the Pirates. The 6-foot-5 junior finished with 34 points and six rebounds. He made 13 of 16 shots from floor, including five of eight from the 3-point line.

Peter Clark

Nate Montgomery, a 6-foot-8 senior, posted his fourth double-double of the season with 18 points (8-8 fg), 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Senior Eric Beal had eight points and eight assists, and senior Bo Gregg came off the Pirate bench for 14 points and seven boards.

Whitman, which leads the NWC in steals, picked off 10 while forcing 23 Whitworth turnovers. The Missionaries got two steals apiece from Shaw, Artis, Thompson, Brent and Michaels. 

The Pirates won the battle of the backboards 44-33, although Whitman hit the offensive glass for 15 of its rebounds.

The game turned in Whitworth's favor early in the first half. When Michaels scored inside, Whitman trailed 5-3 after two minutes of play. But the Pirates uncorked a 17-0 flurry over the next three minutes to inflate their lead to 22-3.

David Michaels

Whitman crawled back to within 22-10, getting two free throws from Michaels, a 3-pointer from Brent and a jumper from Clark.

Whitworth responded by scoring 12 of the next 15 points to push its lead past the 20-point plateau, where it stayed the rest of the night.

Despite its relative youth, and the fact that it played five of its first seven NWC games on the road, Whitman can finish the first half of the conference season with a 4-4 record with a home-floor victory over Linfield this Saturday. That game starts at 8 p.m. in Sherwood Center.

Linfield promises to be a challenge all its own, however. The Wildcats will take a 6-0 NWC record to Whitworth on Friday night before coming to Walla Walla on Saturday.

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