Five Score in Double Digits, Whit Men Win
News Release Date:
Saturday, January 3
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Chris Faidley scored a game-high 24 points and four of his teammates also scored in double figures as Whitman College held off a late charge by George Fox University for a 94-85 victory Saturday night in Sherwood Center.
Whitman improved to 2-0 in the Northwest Conference and evened its season slate at 5-5. George Fox fell to 0-2 and 4-7.
Whitman forced 13 first-half turnovers and was on top 52-36 at the break. The Missionaries led by as many as 19 points in the second half and were ahead 81-65 before the Bruins launched a 10-0 run to draw within six points with 5:45 left to play.
George Fox inched to within four points, 85-81, when Alex Stockner hit a jumper with 3:37 left. But Jordan Wheeler answered with a jumper for Whitman and the Bruins drew no closer than five points the rest of the way.
Brandon Shaw added 19 points and four steals for Whitman, while Steve Campbell hit four 3-pointers en route to 16 points. Wheeler finished with 12 points and Max Adcox was good for 11 more.
Evan Atwater struck four times from 3-point range and led the Bruins with 22 points. Stockner had 21 points and seven rebounds. Dan Lingenfelder kicked in 12 points for George Fox, which also got 11 points apiece from Jack Martin and Bryan O'Donnell. Martin also handed out 11 assists.
George Fox outrebounded Whitman 34-29 but finished with 25 turnovers. Stockner grabbed seven rebounds for the Bruins while Faidley pulled down six for Whitman.
Faidley's 3-point bomb with 13:19 left in the first half provided the Missionaries with their first double-digit lead of the night at 20-10. Campbell's trey with 1:44 remaining made it 46-32 Whitman, and Shaw's basket and two Adcox free throws in the last 28 seconds gave the home team a 16-point bulge at intermission.
Wheeler's layup at the 15:28 mark of the second half extended the Whitman lead to 65-46, and Shaw's jumper three minutes later created another 19-point spread at 69-50.
Atwater made a pair of 3-pointers and added two free throws to spark the 10-0 spurt that rallied the Bruins late in the game.Box Score