Men Ride Hot Three-point Shooting in Win Over MHB
News Release Date:
Sunday, November 25
Walla Walla, WA – The Whitman Men’s Basketball team topped the .500 mark for the first time this season after winning its third straight game this afternoon, downing Mary Hardin Baylor University, 94 to 84, on George Ball Court at the Sherwood Center. The non-conference win puts the Missionaries at 3 - 2.
Ignas Pavilonis, Sr.
Three-pointers were the name of the game; Whitman hoisted 35 three-point attempts, making 15, for a solid 43 % from beyond the arc. 6 - 2 guard Ignas Pavilonis (Sr., Silute, Lithuania) drilled 6 treys, including a four-point play where he was fouled while shooting a successful straight-away jumper. He, then, converted the free throw, giving the Missionaries their first double-digit lead of the game, 74 to 63, with 8:37 remaining in the second half
Whitman would increase its advantage to 19 points during that stretch as it took control of the game, leading 86 to 67 with just over six minutes left in the second half. The Crusaders made one last run, cutting the lead to nine, 90 – 81, before Whitman guard Tochi Oti (Fr., Los Angeles, CA) converted two free throws and Drew Raher (Sr., San Francisco, CA) laid in a deuce to ice the game.
Pavilonis’ outside shooting resulted in a game-high 23 points. Missionary, Matt Mounier (Fr., Encino, CA), sunk 5 treys and tallied 17 in the score book. Whitman’s leading scorer, Ben Eisenhardt , was held in check in the first half, converting just 4 free throws, before grinding out 12 points in the second stanza to finish up with 16, in addition to 6 assists and 2 blocked shots.
Matt Mounier, So.
The fast paced game was a three-point duel in the first half as MHB rattled off 5 straight buckets from beyond the arc to take a 17 to 13 advantage. Whitman responded with two treys of its own Pavilonis and Mounier to tie it at 19. The teams exchanged hoops the rest of the opening stanza, finishing the half notched at 41. Early in the second half, Whitman took a 47 to 45 lead on an Eisenhardt inside bucket and was never headed the rest of the way.
MHB was led in scoring by James Allen with 16. Kitrick Bell grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. Whitman’s top rebounders were Eisenhardt and Pavilonis, both with 7.
Whitman hosts UC Santa Cruz at home this Thursday at 8 pm.