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Photography by Matt Banderas '04

Tim Howell ’18, a guard who majors in sociology, led all Whitman scorers with 23 points.

After making history as the first men's basketball team in the Northwest Conference to advance to the NCAA Division III Final Four, the Blues men bowed out of the tournament in Salem, Virginia, today.

Guard and psychology major Joey Hewitt '19 chipped in five two-pointers and two three-pointers.

The matchup against Babson College started well. The Blues took their first lead, 7-6, two minutes into the action, increased the advantage to 25 with seven minutes left in the first half, and held a four-point edge at intermission. 

Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Stephen Garnett (center) congratulated good play early into the action.

But the hot-shooting Babsonmaking 58 percent of two-pointers and 9 of 18 three-pointerscontinued their comeback in the second half, despite Whitman restoring its lead to 12 early on. The Beavers retook the lead about halfway in and never relinquished it. Final score: 91-85. 

Forward JoJo Wiggins '18, who majors in politics, made five two-point baskets.

Tim Howell '18 and Jase Harrison '19 starred for the Blues, racking up 23 points and 19 points, respectively, for about half of the team's total. 

Howell urged on his Whitman teammates in the first half.

Whitman's record-breaking success this season also included a winning streak of 31 gamesa feat unmatched across all three divisions.

Wiggins soared toward the rim in the first half.