Whit men romp to fifth straight win at Redlands

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REDLANDS, Calif. - Ending the calendar year on a happy note, Whitman College chalked up its fifth straight men's basketball victory with a 88-65 romp past the University of Redlands Thursday evening in Redlands, Calif.

Whitman completed the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 7-2 record.

"Great win for our guys," Whitman coach Eric Bridgeland said. "To come into this environment with our third game in four days and have this kind of performance is what we've been working towards."

Thursday's loss was the fifth straight for Redlands, a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Whitman steadily pulled away from Redlands in the first half and held a 17-point lead at halftime. Sophomore Peter Clark hit a 3-pointer to open the second half, stretching Whitman's advantage to 53-33. He struck again from long range at the 15:07 mark to give the Missionaries their largest lead of the night at 61-57.

The Bulldogs drew no closer than 16 points the rest of way. Whitman led by 20 or more for the last eight minutes of the contest.

Freshman Josh Duckworth paced Whitman's offense with 19 points. Clark connected four times from the 3-point arc en route to 14 points. Senior Justin Artis added 12 points with 10 of those coming in the first half.

Redlands held its only lead of the night at 5-4 two minutes into the first half. Pavilonis followed with two 3-pointers to vault Whitman into the lead for good.

The Missionaries are home next Friday and Saturday to host NWC rivals Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran.

Whitman 88, Redlands 65

WHITMAN (88) - Shaw 2-3 4-4 8, Artis 4-8 3-4 12, Clark 5-12 0-0 14, Raher 2-7 0-0 5, Gilkey 0-1 0-0 0, Dickson 2-5 0-0 6, Duckworth 4-9 10-14 19, Pavilonis 3-12 0-0 9, Michaels 2-3 2-3 6, Alvarez 1-3 2-2 5, Guisness 0-1 0-0 0, Wright 1-3 0-1 2, Brent 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 27-70 21-28 88.

REDLANDS (65) - Keating 0-0 0-0 0, Kirk 3-4 5-7 11, Sanvictores 3-6 2-3 8, Dietrich 4-7 5-6 14, Mills 3-6 3-4 9, Colston 0-2 2-3 2, Ervin 0-4 0-0 0, R. Williams 0-1 0-2 0, Kuklok 3-7 3-4 9, Calhoun 0-0 0-0 0, Call 4-6 0-0 9, Radford 0-0 2-2 2, Gordon 0-1 1-2 1, S. Williams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-44 23-33 65.

Halftime score - Whitman 50, Redlands 33.

3-point goals - Whit 13-39 (Artis, Clark 4, Raher, Dickson 2, Duckworth, Pavilonis 3, Alvarez), Red 2-11 (Dietrich, Call). Total fouls - Whit 26, Red 23. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Whit 40 (Michaels 7), Red 35 (Colston 9). Turnovers - Whit 15, Red 27. Assists - Whit 15 (Shaw 3, Artis 3, Duckworth 3), Red 13 (Colston 5).

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