Plenty of points not enough for Whitman men in loss to Whitworth

The Missionary men have all five starters score in double digits, but still fall to the Pirates, 110-83.

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SPOKANE — With all five starters scoring in double-digits, and with two reserves adding nine points apiece, the Whitman College men’s basketball team put plenty of points on the scoreboard here Tuesday night against Whitworth University.

But so did Whitworth. The Pirates shot 69 percent from the floor for the game, making 40-of-58 field goal attempts, en route to a 110-83 victory.

Whitworth, which also went 10 of 19 from the 3-point line, led 65-38 at intermission and then held the Missionaries at arm’s length in the second half. Both teams tallied 45 points over the final 20 minutes.

Whitworth, ranked No. 18 in one NCAA DIII national poll, improved to 14-2 on the season and 7-0 in the NWC.

A young Whitman squad slipped to 9-7 and 3-4.

Sophomore Brandon Shaw led Whitman with 14 points, but sophomore David Michaels and freshman LuQuam Thompson were close behind with 12 points apiece. The Missionaries also got 11 points and four rebounds from freshman Peter Clark, and 10 points from junior Justin Artis.

Junior Daniel Davidson and freshman Brady Brent each added nine points to Whitman’s balanced attack.

David Riley enjoyed a monster game for the Pirates. The 6-foot-5 junior finished with 34 points and six rebounds. He made 13 of 16 shots from floor, including five of eight from the 3-point line.

Nate Montgomery, a 6-foot-8 senior, posted his fourth double-double of the season with 18 points (8-8 fg), 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Senior Eric Beal had eight points and eight assists, and senior Bo Gregg came off the Pirate bench for 14 points and seven boards.

Whitman, which leads the NWC in steals, picked off 10 while forcing 23 Whitworth turnovers. The Missionaries got two steals apiece from Shaw, Artis, Thompson, Brent and Michaels.

The Pirates won the battle of the backboards 44-33, although Whitman hit the offensive glass for 15 of its rebounds.

The game turned in Whitworth’s favor early in the first half. When Michaels scored inside, Whitman trailed 5-3 after two minutes of play. But the Pirates uncorked a 17-0 flurry over the next three minutes to inflate their lead to 22-3.

Whitman crawled back to within 22-10, getting two free throws from Michaels, a 3-pointer from Brent and a jumper from Clark.

Whitworth responded by scoring 12 of the next 15 points to push its lead past the 20-point plateau, where it stayed the rest of the night.

Whitman can finish the first half of the conference season with a 4-4 record with a home-floor victory over Linfield this Saturday. That game starts at 8 p.m. in Sherwood Center.

WHITMAN (83) — Michaels2-7 7-8 12, Clark 4-12 0-0 11, Shaw 3-7 8-13 14, Artis 3-7 3-4 10, Thompson 4-9 2-3 12, Stone 0-0 0-00 0, Wheeler 0-2 0-0 0, Davidson 3-8 2-2 9, Alvarez 1-5 0-1 2, Brent 3-8 1-4 9, Brandon 0-0 0-0 0, Raher 1-4 2-2 4. Totals 24-69 25-37 83.

WHITWORTH (110) — Riley 13-16 3-4 34, Friedt 2-3 1-3 5, Montgomery 8-8 0-0 2-4 18, Beal 2-4 4-4 8, C. Gebbers 4-6 0-2 9, Iddins 0-0 1-2 1, Gregg 5-9 1-2 14, W. Gebbers 1-2 3-4 5, Ramey 1-1 0-0 3, Taylor 1-2 3-4 5, Odland 1-3 0-0 2, Larkin 0-0 0-0 0, Loofburrow 2-4 3-7 7. Totals 40-58 20-34 110.

3-point goals — Whitman 10-31 (Michaels 1-1, Clark 3-10, Artis 1-3, Thompson 2-4, Wheeler 0-1, Alvarez 0-2, Brent 2-7, Raher 0-2), Whitworth 10-19 (Riley 5-8, Beal 0-2, C. Gebbers 1-1, Gregg 3-5, W. Gebbers 0-1, Ramey 1-1, Loofburrow 0-1). Total fouls— Whitman 27, Whitworth 29. Fouled out— Whitman (Michaels), Whitworth (W. Gebbers). Technical fouls—None. Rebounds— Whitman 33 (Clark 4, Wheeler 4, Davidson 4), Whitworth 44 (Montgomery 11). Turnovers— Whitman 16, Whitworth 23. Assists— Whitman 11 (Thompson 3), Whitworth 22 (Beal 8.

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