Missionary men score first win over Lewis & Clark in five years

Whitman puts up 80 points in an upset victory at home.

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WALLA WALLA - With freshmen Ryan Gilkey and Josh Duckworth combining for 29 points, Whitman College got the best of Lewis & Clark for the first time in five seasons, beating the Pioneers 80-70 Friday night in Sherwood Center.

Winning for the 10th time in 12 games this season, Whitman improved to 12-6 overall and 5-4 in the Northwest Conference.

Lewis & Clark, which came to Walla Walla with an eight-game win streak, saw its record fall to 14-4 and 7-2.

Whitman seized the lead for good with 6:37 left in the first half when sophomore Ignas Pavilonis nailed a 3-pointer, breaking a 23-23 tie and triggering a 13-0 Missionary run.

Lewis & Clark's P.J. Taylor, who tallied 19 of his 31 points in the first 20 minutes, scored at the first-half buzzer to slice Whitman's lead at the break to 44-35.

The first minute of the second half saw Artis for Whitman and Donato Perconti for Lewis & Clark knock down two 3-pointers apiece. Kyle Meeuwsen added another 3-point bomb for the visitors to draw Lewis & Clark within 50-44 with 18 minutes to go.

Whitman shot its lead back to 60-50 before the Pioneers made a final charge, getting a trey from Taylor at the 9:50 mark to trim their deficit to 60-57.

But two buckets from Duckworth and one each from Gilkey and sophomore Peter Clark stretched the Missionary lead to 68-59 with seven minutes left.

Inside of five minutes, Duckworth scored again and Gilkey completed another three-point play in the paint to make it 73-61 Whitman. Buckets by Duckworth, Shaw and Pavilonis took more time off the clock, putting the Missionaries on top 79-68 with just 90 seconds remaining.

A turnover with 50 seconds left ended what little hope was left for Lewis & Clark.

Gilkey finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, his second collegiate double-double. Duckworth added 14 points for Whitman, which also got 13 points and seven rebounds from Shaw and 10 points and six boards from junior David Michaels.

Artis and Pavilonis added nine points apiece for the Missionaries.

The victory gives Whitman a split of its 2010-11 series between the two schools. Last month in Portland in the first meeting, Whitman led by two points at halftime.

Whitman stayed at home Saturday to host Linfield.

Whitman 80, Lewis & Clark 70

LEWIS & CLARK (70) - Taylor 12-16 2-2 31, Pisapia 0-2 0-0 0, Meeuwsen 3-10 1-1 8, McCullough 0-0 0-0 0, Edwards 5-11 2-2 13, Rhodes 0-0 0-0 0, Wells 3-8 1-2 7, Perconti 4-9 0-0 11, Freeberg 0-0 0-0 0, Sims 0-0 0-0 0, Underriner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-56 6-7 70.

WHITMAN (85) - Duckworth 7-14 0-0 14, Artis 3-6 1-2 9, Michaels 4-8 2-2 10, Clark 2-11 0-0 4, Raher 2-6 0-0 4, Shaw 5-15 3-3 13, Dickson 0-1 0-0 0, Pavilonis 3-7 1-3 9, Wright 0-0 2-2 2, Gilkey 5-11 5-5 15. Totals 31-79 14-17 80.

Halftime score - Whitman 44, Lewis & Clark 35. 3-point goals - Lewis & Clark 10-25 (Taylor 5-7, Perconti 3-8, Edwards 1-3, Meeuwsen 1-4, Pisapia 0-1, Wells 0-2), Whitman 4-21 (Artis 2-3, Pavilonis 2-4, Michaels 0-1, Raher 0-1, Dickson 0-1, Shaw 0-3, Clark 0-8). Total fouls- Lewis & Clark 17, Whitman 10. Fouled out-none. Technical fouls-Whitman (Duckworth). Rebounds- Lewis & Clark 31 (Edwards 7), Whitman 50 (Gilkey 11). Turnovers-Lewis & Clark 19, Whitman 11. Assists-Lewis & Clark 7 (Edwards 3), Whitman 8 (Shaw 3).

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