Cold First-Half Stretch Dooms Whit Men

News Release Date:
Saturday, February 6

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Unable to recover from one 10-minute first-half stretch in which it was outscored 16-2, the Whitman College men's basketball team fell 81-64 to Pacific University Saturday night in Forest Grove, Ore.

Whitman, which had slipped past Pacific 93-89 last month in Walla Walla, saw its record tumble to 4-8 in the Northwest Conference and 10-11 on the season. 

Winning for the third time in its last four games, Pacific improved to 3-9 in the NWC and 7-14 overall.

LuQuam Thompson

Missioanry defenders forced Pacific into 26 turnovers, but that wasn't enough to offset a poor Whitman shooting night and a big Boxer night on the backboards.

Whitman shot 28 percent from the floor, which included just four 3-point strikes in 28 attempts. Pacific dominated the backboards by a 55-36 margin.

Whitman, which led 10-8 early in the game, pulled even at 17-17 on two free throws by sophomore David Michaels. That's when the Boxers scored 16 of the next 18 points to take command, 33-19, with three mintes remaining.

Brandon Shaw

With sophomore Nate Stone scoring five points and sophomore Brandon Shaw adding a layup in the closing seconds, the Missionaries crept to within 37-26 by intermission.

Pacific kicked off the second stanza on runs of 9-1 and 14-3 to enlarge its lead to 51-29 with more than 15 minutes left.

A 3-pointer by freshman Peter Clark and baskets by Shaw and junior Max Adcox cut the Missionary deficit to 16 points (53-37), but the home team stretched its lead back to 21 by the midpoint of the half.

With five minutes left and Pacific ahead 74-52, Adcox and junior Justin Artis hit four free throws and freshman LuQuam Thompson scored inside to again draw Whitman to within 16 points. But with just three-plus minutes left on the clock, there was little time to narrow the gap any further.

Thompson led Whitman with 16 points and four rebounds. Shaw had 12 points and three steals while Clark tossed in nine points.

Artis, saddled by early foul trouble, finished with eight points and five rebounds. Adcox contributed six rebounds and four steals to go with four points.

Colin Wester hit four 3-pointers and had 19 points for Pacific.

Ross Bartlett, a 6-foot-6 senior post, and LeMar Anglin, a 6-foot-6 junior forward, both finished with double-doubles. Bartlett combined 13 points with 15 rebounds and five blocked shot, while Anglin was good for 14 points and 11 boards.

Whitman plays three of its last four games at home, starting next Friday and Saturday against Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound. Both of those games start at 6 p.m. in Sherwood Center.

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