Tacoma Sons Lead Men Past Puget Sound

News Release Date:
Saturday, February 13

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- LuQuam Thompson and Justin Artis, two sons of Tacoma, combined for 44 points and senior Jordan Wheeler added 18 more on Senior Night to power Whitman College to an 88-69 Northwest Conference victory over Puget Sound Saturday night in Sherwood Center.

Justin Artis
LuQuam Thompson

Downing one of the NWC's Tacoma-area schools for a second straight night, Whitman improved to 6-8 in league and 12-11 on the season. 

Puget Sound, which had four players scoring in double digits, fell to 4-10 in the NWC and 8-15 overall.

Thompson, a freshman guard, led all scorers with 28 points. Artis, a junior, added 18 points while making eight of 10 shots from the floor and grabbing five rebounds.

Both Thompson and Artis are graduates of Tacoma's Foss High School.

Wheeler, one of only two seniors on the Missionary roster, also had 18 points while canning seven of his 12 field goal attempts.

Wheeler and senior teammate Jordan Brandon, two sons of Seattle, received a boisterous standing ovation when pulled from the floor by coach Eric Bridgeland during a time-out late in the game with the victory safely in hand.

Brandon, known for his rebounding and bruising defense, did not score but pulled down five boards to help the Missionaries outrebound the Loggers 38-27. Brandon and Wheeler are both graduates of Seattle Prep.

Up by 10 points at halftime, Whitman opened the second half on a four-minute 13-6 roll to build a 17-point lead. The Loggers drew no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.

Jordan Brandon
Jordan Wheeler

The first half was a wild and wooly affair in which three players -- two for Whitman -- were ejected following a scuffle over a loose ball. The Missionaries lost starter Brandon Shaw and a key reserve, Drew Raher. Officials also banished Logger Colin Koach.

The game was dead even, 25-25, at the time of the fracas, which came with 7:28 left in the opening half. 

Whitman led 32-29 after Kaleb Shelton scored for Puget Sound with five minutes remaining. From there, the Missionaries unleashed a 13-3 run to build a 45-32 lead with a 1:20 on the clock. Thompson had seven points in the run, and his basket with nine seconds left had Whitman in front 49-36.

Puget Sound's David Aberg nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut Whitman's lead to 10 points at the break.

Nadev Heyman led the Loggers with 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Conner Gehring added 12 points and Bryce Levin and Aberg tallied 10 points apiece.

Whitman shot 49.2 percent from the floor and pestered the Loggers into 18 turnovers. Whitman also got nine points from junior . and nine rebounds from sophomore David Michaels.

Whitman plays its final home game of the season when it hosts Whitworth at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Puget Sound hosts Pacific and Lewis & Clark next Friday and Saturday.

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