WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Chris Faidley, a Whitman College senior guard, has been named Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for men's basketball.

Faidley averaged 29 points and 7.0 rebounds as Whitman split a pair of games at last weekend's San Antonio (Texas) Shootout.

He hit eight 3-pointers and scored 36 points in 37 minutes in Whitman's 91-87 Friday night victory over Olivet College. He had 22 points and eight rebounds Saturday night as the Missionaries let a 35-28 lead slip away in a 71-61 loss to Trinity University, the tournament's host team.

Faidley, who made 10 of 20 3-point attempts in the two games, was named the tourney's Most Outstanding Player. One of his teammates, freshman Brandon Shaw, also was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Four games into the season, Faidley leads the NWC in scoring at 24.5 points per game. He is averaging 4.5 3-point baskets an outing, which also tops the conference. A year ago, Faidley averaged an NWC-best 22.4 points per game.

His 58 points over the weekend also moved Faidley into eighth place on Whitman's all-time career scoring list. His career scoring total now stands at 1,307 points. He passed 1958 graduate Bob Becker, who scored 1,255 points at Whitman. 

Max Johnson, a 1959 graduate, is No. 7 on Whitman's career scoring list with 1,354 points.

The Whitman men's team heads to California's University of Redlands later this week to play three tournament games. The Missionaries face Chapman University at 6 p.m. Thursday in their tourney opener. 

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