Whitman men's basketball team No. 30 in preseason poll

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WALLA WALLA - Coming off its most successful season in 20-plus years, the Whitman College men's basketball team is ranked No. 30 in an NCAA Division III preseason poll conducted by the D3hoops.com website.

Whitman made a late-season charge last winter, winning 16 of 18 games late in the season to finish in a second-place tie in the Northwest Conference.

The Missionaries capped that surge with an 82-79 victory over previous unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Whitworth before a packed crowd in Sherwood Center.

Whitman got past Lewis & Clark in the first round of the NWC playoffs before losing at Whitworth in the postseason title tilt.

Whitman finished the season with a 19-8 record and returns all but one starter.

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