REDLANDS, Calif. — Freshman Brady Brent finished a fastbreak layin with three seconds left in the game to lift Whitman College to a 94-93 non-conference basketball victory over the University of Redlands here Saturday.
With the comeback win, Whitman finished off an undefeated three-game swing through California and raised its season record to 4-2. The Bulldogs dropped to 1-1.
"Our guys showed maturity, focus and persistence in a great comeback win over a really good Redlands team," Whitman coach Eric Bridgeland said.
Sophomore David Michaels posted his best game of the season, hitting six of seven shots from the floor and five of six free throws en route to 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
Junior Justin Artis added 17 points, six boards and three steals. The Missionaries also got 13 points and six rebounds from freshman Drew Raher, who was six of eight from the floor, and 10 points from junior Daniel Davidson, who made both of his 3-point shots.
Redlands led 46-41 at halftime, but Whitman forged the game’s seventh and eight ties early in the second half on Davidson’s 3-pointer and Raher’s layin. The Bulldogs retained small leads until two Artis free throws evened the score at 73-73 with 9:30 left to play.
Whitman took two-point leads on three occasions over the next two minutes, thanks to a pair of Davidson free throws and inside buckets from Michaels and Raher.
Redlands countered with an 11-2 run to jump in front 88-81 with 5:44 left on the clock. Artis tallied five of Whitman’s next seven points as the Missionaries closed to within 89-88 with 1:33 remaining.
The Bulldogs failed to score another basket the rest of the way and made just four of eight free throw attempts. Meanwhile, layins by Michaels and Brandon Shaw set the stage for Brent’s game-winning bucket in the final seconds.
Redlands led by as many as five points early in the game, but freshman LuQuam Thompson sparked the first Whitman rally. After collecting a rebound off a Brent blocked shot and scoring at the other end, Thompson made a steal and scored again for a 15-12 Missionary lead with 14:06 left in the opening half.
A jumper by freshman Peter Clark gave Whitman a 27-23 edge with four minutes left, but the Bulldogs finished the half on a strong note to lead by five at the break.
Davidson was one of three Missionaries with a pair of treys. Artis and Brent also struck twice from long range.
Whitman finished with a total of nine 3-pointers, six more than the Bulldogs. The Missionaries also forced Redlands into 19 turnovers.
Redlands outshot Whitman from the floor but made just 18 of 29 (62.1 percent) free throw attempts. The Bulldogs held a 43-38 advantage on the backboards.
Whitman’s balanced attack included nine points by Thompson, eight by Brent and seven by Shaw. Clark had six rebounds and five points.
Senior Jordan Brandon, who finished with two points and one rebound in nine minutes, also had a key blocked shot and steal in the second half.
"Jordan in the second half gave us a tremendous dose of toughness that propelled our comeback," Bridgeland said.
Whitman returns home to host its annual alumni game at 4 p.m. next Saturday in Sherwood Center.
WHITMAN (94) — Shaw 2-6 3-5 7, Artis 6-15 3-4 17, Michaels 6-7 5-6 17, Thompson 4-11 1-2 9, Clark 2-11 0-0 5, Wheeler 1-2 0-0 3, Davidson 3-8 2-2 10, Alvarez 1-1 0-0 3. Adcox 0-0 0-0 0, Brent 3-7 0-0 8, Brandon 0-2 2-2 2, Raher 6-8 1-1 13. Totals 34-78 17-22 94.
REDLANDS (93) — Coffey 5-10 3-5 14, Sobczyk 6-12 1-2 14, Maertens 3-6 0-0 6, Dietrich 6-8 9-11 21, Mills 0-60-0 0, Mahoney 4-6 0-0 9, Keating 1-1 0-0 2, Kuklok 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Kirk 3-4 2-3 8, Ervin 1-1 0-2 2, Schwarttz 2-3 0-0 4, Sanvictores 5-10 3-6 13. Totals 36-70 18-29 93.
Halftime score — Redlands 46, Whitman 41. 3-point goals — Whitman 9-26 (Artis 2-5, Clark 1-10, Wheeler 1-2, Davidson 2-2, Alvarez 1-1, Brent 204, Raher 0-2), Redlands 3-8 (Coffey 1-4, Sobczyk 1-2, Maertens 0-1, Mahoney 1-1). Total fouls— Whitman 26, Redlands 20. Fouled out— Whitman (Raher), Redlands (None). Technical fouls—Whitman (None), Redlands (Sanvictores). Rebounds—Whitman 38 (Michaels 8), Redlands 43 (Mills 8). Turnovers— Whitman 15, Redlands 18. Assists— Whitman 13 (Shaw 3, Brent 3), Redlands 19 (Mahoney 4, Williams 4 ).