Southwestern College men nip Walla Walla University Wolves, 78-76

The WWU men battled SWC throughout, but end up on the losing end of a 78-76 score.

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COLLEGE PLACE — In an evenly matched men’s basketball contest, with four players from each team scoring in double figures, Southwestern College nipped Walla Walla University, 78-76, here Thursday night.

The loss leaves the Wolves with a 10-16 record on the season.

Gerard Dauphin led WWU with 18 points, and Tristan Edwards tallied 16. Tristan Greenidge and Michel Sprenger chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Dauphin pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, and Edwards gathered in eight misses.

SWC, however, also eked out an advantage on the boards, 35-32.

Derek Gossard scored 18 points for SWC, and Daniel Stanton scored 17 and led the team with eight rebounds. Houston Friend and Joshua Cole popped in 13 and 11 points, respectively.

The Wolves led at the end of the first half, 35-34. SWC, however, won the second 20 minutes, 44-41, for the winning margin.

With three minutes to go, SWC owned an 11-point lead, 74-63 and the Wolves made a surge.

Dauphin hit a pair of free throws to pull the Wolves within nine, 74-65.

After a steal by Edwards, Jordan Stimmel hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to six, 74-68.

Joshua Cole scored for SWC for a two-point, 76-74, lead with 15 seconds left. And with six seconds to play, Gossard hit a pair of free throws for a 78-74 lead.

Jonny Long scored for WWU as time ran out for the final 78-76 score.

"We almost came back and won it, but we probably shouldn’t have lost the lead in the first place," WWU coach Gerry Larson said. "We had a 13-point lead early in the game, and they worked their way to within one at halftime.

"Then, in the second half, they hit a bunch of 3s, and we had to battle back," Larson said. "And down the stretch, we had our chances but the shots didn’t fall. We thought we got fouled, but that’s the way it goes."

Walla Walla hit 24-of-62 shots from the floor and 5-of-22 from the 3-point line.

"We didn’t shoot very well," Larson said. "We shot more field goals than they did and more free throws, And we shot more 3-pointers, which surprised us. They usually rely mainly on the 3s."

The Wolves host Multnomah University Thursday with a 6 p.m. tipoff.

SW COLLEGE (78) — Stanton 6-13 5-6 17, Banks 3-3 2-5 8, Friend 4-7 2-2 13, Cole 4-8 2-3 11, Gossard 7-12 3-4 18, Belt 1-3 0-0 2, Koch 1-5 2-2 4, Flowers 0-1 0-0 0, Meo 1-2 0-0 3, Pinkham 0-2 0-0 0, Christopher 1-1 0-5 2. Totals 28-57 16-27 78.

WW UNIVERSITY (76) — Edwards 7-12 1-1 16, Dauphin 6-17 0-2 18, Long 1-4 -2 3, Gupilan 0-4 0-0 0, Greenidge 3-7 6-7 12, Alemu 0-2 0-0 0, Urdahl 1-5 0-0 3, Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Sprenger 2-2 4-4 10, Stimmel 1-4 4-4 7, Spady 3-5 1-3 7, Brandon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-62 23-30 76.

Halftime score — WWU 35, SWC 34. 3-point goals — SWC 6-17 (Stanton 0-1, Friend 3-6, Cole 1-3, Gossard 1-1, Belt 0-1. Koch 0-2, Mep 1-2 Pinkham 0-1), WWU 5-22 (Edwards 1`-3, Dauphin 0-2, Gypilan 0-2, Greenidge 0-2, Alemu 0-2, Urdahl 1-5, Sprenger 2-2, Stimmel 1-2). Total fouls— SAWEC 23, WWU 20. Fouled out— SWC (None), WWU (None). Technical fouls—None. Rebounds— SWC 35 (Stanton 8), WWU 32 (Dauphin 9, Edwards 8). Turnovers— SWC 22, WWU 18. Assists— SWC 12 (Stanton 4), WWU 12 (Edwards 3, Dauphin 3).

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