Defense, Offensive Boards Spark Whits

News Release Date:
Friday, February 12

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Forcing 22 turnovers and crashing the glass for 16 offensive rebounds, Whitman College churned its way to a high-energy 87-75 men's basketball victory over Pacific Lutheran Friday night in Sherwood Center.

With five players scoring in double digits, Whitman improved to 5-8 in the Northwest Conference and evened its season slate at 11-11.

The loss dropped the Lutes to 6-7 and 8-12.

Peter Clark

Freshmen Peter Clark and LuQuam Thompson paced Whitman's balanced attack with 18 and 17 points, respectively.

LuQuam Thompson

Junior Justin Artis added 15 points and seven rebounds, and sophomore Brandon Shaw just missed a double-double with 14 points, nine rebounds and three steals.

Indefatigable freshman Drew Raher, back from an ankle injury, added 10 points and six rebounds, five of which came at the offensive end.

Up 41-33 at intermission, Whitman opened the second half on an 8-2 roll to inflate its lead to 49-35.

Led by Kyle MacTaggart, who led all scorers with 21 points, Pacific Lutheran kept the Missionaries within reach and were down by seven points, 72-65, with four minutes left. But Clark answered with his fourth 3-pointer of the night, kicking off a 6-0 mini-run that put Whitman safely in front.

Justin Artis

Pacific Lutheran also got 12 points from Cameron Schilling and 10 more from Zachary Klein. 

With the Lutes on top 12-11 six minutes into the game, Whitman took charge with a 12-0 run that included a Clark 3-pointer and two hoops from Shaw.

The Lutes rallied to within two points at 27-25 with five minutes left in the half, but the Missionaries pulled away again to lead by eight at the break. Raher had five points to help spark that closing run.

The Missionaries finished the game with a 41-40 victory on the backboards. Thompson collected five of Whitman's 12 steals.

Whitman stays at home Saturday to host Puget Sound. The game starts at 6 p.m. in Sherwood Center.

Pacific Lutheran travels to Spokane Saturday to face Whitworth. That game also starts at 6 p.m.

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