Brewer's 19 Rallies Men Past Chapman

News Release Date:
Thursday, December 4

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Graham Brewer scored a season-high 19 points and Jordan Wheeler and Chris Faidley knocked down late 3-pointers as Whitman College rallied past Chapman University 80-71 Thursday night in the opening round of the 61st Annual Lee Fulmer Tournament at California's University of Redlands.

Graham Brewer

Whitman, now 2-3 on the season, suffered through a spell of woeful first-half shooting before outscoring Chapman 55-38 in the second half. The loss dropped Chapman to 3-2 on the season.

Whitman advances to play at 8 p.m. Friday against the University of California-Santa Cruz. The Banana Slugs posted a 77-68 victory over host Redlands in one of today's other first-round games.  

Chapman led 33-25 at halftime and was up 42-35 early in the second half before Brewer caught fire at Whitman's offensive end. The 6-foot-9 junior center scored 12 of his team's next 14 points as the Missionaries cut their deficit to 50-49 with about 11 minutes left to play.

After buckets by Wheeler, J.P. Alvarez and Will Reese gave Whitman a 55-54 lead, the two teams deadlocked at 57, 59, 61 and 63. Wheeler, who scored all 12 of his points in the second half, then nailed his first 3-pointer of the night to lift the Missionaries into a 66-63 lead with five minutes remaining. 

Chapman clawed back for a final tie at 67-all, but Faidley and Wheeler answered with two more 3-balls to put Whitman in charge 73-69 with less than two minutes left. Five Missionary free throws, three by Faidley, sealed the deal in the closing seconds.

Faidley, who was 10 of 11 from the free throw line, finished with 16 points and six rebounds. Freshman Brandon Shaw also had 12 points, while Jordan Brandon chipped in with eight points and four rebounds.

Whitman, which made 22 of 27 as a team at the charity stripe, shot 57.1 percent from the floor in the second half to finish at 39.1 percent for the game.

With Faidley, Shaw and Brendan Ziegler collecting three steals each, Whitman forced Chapman into a whopping 24 turnovers while committing just eight of its own. Brewer also had six rebounds for the Missionaries, who came up just short on the backboards, 39-37.

After Chapman took a 9-6 lead  to start the game, Whitman reeled off seven straight points for a 13-9 advantage with 10 minutes left in the half. Faidley triggered the run with a 3-pointer, Brandon scored off an offensive rebound and Alvarez finished with a layup.

Chapman answered with an 8-0 run for a 17-13 lead with eight minutes left before intermission. Faidley's two free throws cut the Missionary deficit to 17-15, but the Panthers pulled away to build a 33-25 cushion at the break.

While Chapman was shooting 52 percent from the floor in the first half, Whitman made just seven of its 34 field goal attempts (21 percent). The Missionaries stayed close by making 10 of 11 free throw attempts and forcing 11 turnovers.

Earlier today in the tournament, Whitworth skipped past Cal State East Bay 85-80 while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps clubbed Southwestern 75-48. The eight-team tournament continues through Saturday.

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