Bruins Outscore Missionary Men 103-90
News Release Date:
Friday, February 5
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Despite shooting 50 percent from the floor with five players scoring in double figures, the Whitman College men's basketball team surrendered a 103-90 Northwest Conference shootout to George Fox Friday night in Newberg, Ore.
Whitman, which downed the Bruins 93-89 last month in Walla Walla, saw its record fall to 4-7 in the NWC and 10-10 overall.
Winning for the fourth time in its last five games, George Fox retained its hold on third place in the NWC, improving to 7-4 in conference and 10-10 on the season.
The Missionaries, down by 11 points late in the first half, rallied to within 47-43 at intermission. Justin Artis, a Whitman junior, hit the first bucket of the second half to make it a two-point game, but the Bruins responded with an 18-7 run, expanding their lead to 65-52 with 13 minutes left to play.
Whitman spent the rest of the night trying to whittle down its deficit. Senior Jordan Wheeler knockded down two free throws with five minutes remaining to pull the Missionaries to within eight points, 85-77, but that was close as they would come.
Freshman Peter Clark, who leads the NWC in total 3-point baskets, hit five of Whitman's 10 longballs and finished with a team-high 17 points. Junior Daniel Davidson and sophomore David Michaels combined to make 12 of 17 shots from the floor with each player scoring 14 points.
The young Missionaries also got 11 points from freshman LuQuam Thompson and 10 points and seven assists from sophomore Brandon Shaw. Wheeler added eight points and Artis seven.
The Bruins, who shot 57 percent from the floor and made 32 of 41 free throw attempts, got 26 points from Stephen Wiseley and 25 more from Alex Stockner.
Rich Smith contributed a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Evan Atwater tossed in 13 points.
Whitman twice bounced back from big deficits in the first half. Down 19-10 after four minutes, the Missionaries rallied behind three baskets by Michaels and a pair of 3-pointers by Clark.
Two more 3-pointers, one by Artis and one by Thompson, sliced the George Fox lead to 35-34 with six minutes left.
The Bruins regained command with an 11-1 run to move in front 46-35. The Missionaries surged again with eight unanswered points, the last three coming on Clark's third 3-pointer of the half, to trail by three. A George Fox free throw in the closing seconds made it a four-point game at the half.
Whitman stays in western Oregon to play Pacific at 8 p.m. Saturday.
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Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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