Short-Handed BB Men Fall Just Short
News Release Date:
Saturday, November 22
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- It goes down as an 86-84 victory for Cal State East Bay, but the Whitman College men's basketball team nearly overcame some huge obstacles before falling a few points short Saturday night at the Lewis & Clark Classic in Portland, Ore.
The Missionaries started the game two players short due to injury and then quickly lost two more to foul trouble. They also missed a boatload of free throws and had a few scoring opportunities slip away in the last two minutes.
"To be honest, I'm really encouraged by the way we played," first-year Whitman coach Eric Bridgeland said. "We only lost by two points at the end, despite going 21 of 38 from the free throw line and missing the first of five one-and-ones. We didn't get the W, but we got everything else. Cal State is a very good team that took Lewis & Clark to the wire last night, and Lewis & Clark is also a very good team."
In dropping its first two games, Whitman played both nights without senior forward Brendan Ziegler, who hurt a hand in practice Thursday and will miss several weeks. Sophomore guard Will Reese suffered an eye injury Friday and sat out the Cal State game.
Chris Faidley, a senior guard who topped the Northwest Conference in scoring last season, had 29 points to power Whitman's Saturday night offense. Faidley drilled six of 12 shots from the 3-point line and made seven of his nine free throw attemps.
Jordan Wheeler, a junior guard, added 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Jordan Brandon, also a junior, had 13 points and four rebounds despite playing just 19 minutes before fouling out.
Freshman Juan Pablo Alvarez nailed all three of his 3-point attempts and finished with 11 points. As a team, Whitman was 11 of 22 from beyond the arc.
Junior post Graham Brewer also scored 11 points, giving the Missionaries a fifth player in double figures. David Michaels, a 6-foot-7 Whitman freshman, fouled out while seeing just six minutes in court time.
The Missionary defense forced Cal State East Bay into 25 turnovers. Whitman had just 13 miscues of its own.
The taller Pioneers made Whitman pay on the backboards, outrebounding the Missionaries 48-29.
In Saturday's late game, host Lewis & Clark dropped a 76-66 decision to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Whitman returns to the road next weekend for a pair of games in San Antonio, Texas. The Missionaries play Olivet College on Friday and Trinity University on Saturday.
- 30 -CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; email@example.com