MEN'S BASKETBALL - Lutes edge Whit men 61-57, end six-game streak

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WALLA WALLA - In a game where offenses sputtered and points were hard to come by, Pacific Lutheran made 28 of 31 free throws and edged Whitman College 61-57 in men's basketball action Saturday night in Sherwood Center.

Pacific Lutheran squared its Northwest Conference record at 2-2 and raised its overall mark to 7-5.

Whitman, seeing its six-game winning streak snapped, finished the weekend at 8-5 and 1-3.

Pacific Lutheran wrapped a back-and-forth first half with a 32-29 advantage, but Whitman rallied early in the second stanza to take leads of 36-34 and 41-40.

The Lutes regained the lead for good on their next possession when Victor Bull put back his own miss with 13 minutes left on the clock. The visitors then held Whitman at bay the rest of the way, scoring 13 of their last 19 points from the free throw stripe.

After Pacific Lutheran extended its lead to 46-41, Whitman closed to within two points on three occasions over a three-minute span. Seth Brent and Peter Clark hit 3-pointers to keep the Missionaries close, and David Michaels hit two free throws to cut the Lutes lead to 51-49 with 7:42 remaining.

Buckets by Andrew Earnest, Kyle MacTaggart and Kole Podowicz inflated Pacific Lutheran's lead to eight points, but Michaels and Ryan Gilkey scored inside for Whitman, and Brandon Shaw picked off a pass and finished at the other end to pull the Missionaries to within 57-55 at the 2:37 mark.

Whitman has two NWC road games set for next week - Friday at Willamette and Saturday at George Fox.

PLU 61, Whitman 57

PLU (61) - Conti 2-7 2-2 6, Klein 1-6 0-0 2, Hoyt 0-1 0-0 0, Bull 4-6 6-7 14, Schilling 4-10 6-6 14, Polis 0-0 1-2 1, Earnest 2-6 3-4 7, MacTaggart 2-9 10-10 15, Reister 0-1 0-0 0, Trondsen 0-4 0-0 0, Podowicz 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 16-52 28-31 61.

WHITMAN (57) - Shaw 1-4 1-2 3, Artis 1-2 0-0 2, Clark 5-12 0-0 15, Raher 2-5 1-2 5, Gilkey 2-5 3-5 7, Dickson 0-2 0-0 0, Duckworth 3-11 3-4 9, Pavilonis 0-4 0-0 0, Michaels 3-4 5-5 11, Alvarez 0-0 0-0 0, Wright 0-1 0-0 0, Brent 2-7 0-0 5. Totals 19-57 13-18 57.

Halftime score - PLU 32, Whitman 29. 3-point goals - PLU 1-12 (MacTaggart 1-6, Klein 0-1, Trondsen 0-1, Conti 0-2, Earnest 0-2), Whitman 6-26 (Clark 5-12, Brent 1-3, Artis 0-1, Raher 0-1, Michaels 0-1, Wright 0-1, Dickson 0-2, Duckworth 0-2, Pavilonis 0-3). Total fouls- PLU 19, Whitman 26. Fouled out-none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- PLU 37 (Bull 8, Schilling 8, MacTaggart 8), Whitman 45 (Michaels 8). Turnovers - PLU 16, Whitman 20. Assists - PLU 6 (MacTaggart 2), Whitman 9 (Duckworth 2).

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