LC Holds Off Whit Men for 68-62 BB Win
News Release Date:
Friday, January 29
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- After opening the second half on a 17-8 spree to build a big lead, Lewis & Clark held off Whitman College in the closing minutes for a 68-62 men's basketball victory Friday night in Sherwood Center.
Senior guard Josh Kollasch led the Pioneers, now 5-4 in the Northwest Conference and 6-11 overall, with 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Whitman, which struggled with its shooting touch for much of the game, slid to 3-6 in the NWC and 9-9 on the season.
LuQuam Thompson, a freshman guard, paced Whitman with a game-high 19 points. Sophomore Brandon Shaw added 12 points for the Missionaries.
Lewis & Clark, which shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half, also got 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists from James Hollins, 13 points from PJ Taylor and 10 points from Kelly Edwards.
Neither team shot well in a first half that had Whitman take a 23-22 lead when sophomore David Michaels completed a three-point play in the lane with 2:25 left on the clock. But the Pioneers closed out the half on an 8-0 run, getting treys from Taylor and Kollasch, to lead 30-23 at the break.
With Whitman's offense still stuck in neutral, Lewis & Clark outscored their hosts 14-4 in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
With the Pioneers in front 47-31, senior Jordan Wheeler hit a jumper and junior Justin Artis added a 3-pointer to trim Whitman's deficit to 47-36 with eight minutes remaining.
After Lewis & Clark stretched its lead to 57-40, junior Max Adcox scored inside and Thompson reeled off the next 10 Missionary points to pull the home team to within 10 points, 62-52, with a 1:52 left.
Shaw's steal and layup on next Pioneer possession made it an eight-point game, but Lewis & Clark converted six free throws in the final minute to protect its lead. Shaw and Wheeler added buckets for Whitman in the waning seconds to narrow the final margin.
Whitman returns to Sherwood Center on Saturday to host Willamette University in an 8 p.m. game. Lewis & Clark travels to Spokane on Saturday to play Whitworth.
CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; email@example.com