Whitman men rout Loggers, 111-77

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Even with four-on-one, Whitman's Matt Mounier passes off the ball to a teammate as he crashes to the floor in a crowd of Puget Sound Loggers during Friday night's game at George Ball Court.

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Whitman's Ryan Gilkey gets caught in log jam with the Logger's Joey McKay (#4) and Ryan Rogers (#15) in the battle for a rebound Friday night.

WALLA WALLA — Puget Sound was the bane of Whitman College last season.

The Loggers beat the Missionaries twice during the regular season and knocked them out of the Northwest Conference playoffs in the first round.

Whitman (5-2, 0-1 NWC) got a little payback Friday night with a 111-77 victory over the Loggers in its conference opener.

“They beat us there, they beat us here, and they beat us in the tournament,” Whitman coach Eric Bridgeland said. “They taught us some valuable lessons.

“It was our conference opener,” Bridgeland said, “and any time you have a conference opener you’re excited to play.”

Excited the Missionaries were, as they raced to a 26-6 lead with just over six minutes gone in the first half behind a barrage of 3-pointers. They maintained that lead at half, 62-41.

Despite opening the second half on a 10-3 run, Puget Sound (2-4, 0-1) never got closer than 14, 65-51, in the second half and never tied the game or held a lead.

In total five different Missionaries — Jackson Clough, Matt Mounier, Peter Clark, Ryan Gilkey and Josh Duckworth — broke double figures and all 12 Whitman players found the scorer’s column.

Clough, a 6-foot-1 freshman guard, came off the bench to lead all scorers with 22 points on four field goals, including a 2-for-2 mark from beyond the arc, and he did most of his damage from the charity stripe where he hit all 12 of his chances.

“I wouldn’t want to play against him, because he’s powerful with the ball and he’s a little stubborn, and that’s a great combination to have in a guard,” Bridgeland said of the Seattle Prep graduate. “To have him in the game late, even when he’s not 100 percent — he’s hurt right now — it just makes me feel a lot better when he’s got the ball.”

Sophomore Matt Mounier had himself a red-letter day as well, scoring 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting that saw the 6-foor-3 forward make shots from all over the court.

“He can score,” Bridgeland said of Mounier. “He can really, really score, and it’s almost like we can’t get him the ball enough. Wherever we get him the ball he can score.

“Aside from Davis Michaels (a 2011 Whitman graduate),” Bridgeland said, “I’ve never seen a player improve and develop as much in about six months as Matt has, and that’s just purely due to his work ethic.”

Bridgeland had been concerned about being able to shoot over UPS’ zone defense with star shooter Ignas Pavilonas out with a foot injury, but the Missionaries hit 50 percent (10-for-20) of their 3-pointers in the first half and finished the game at 42.4 percent from beyond the arc. Whitman also hit 31-of-36 free throws.

“When you shoot it well you look good,” Bridgeland said. “... If we hadn’t of hit them, we don’t look good, it’s about that simple. I’m not trying to sound like Einstein here, I guess more like Snoopy.”

The Loggers may have well as been bricklayers instead, as they hit just 40 percent of their shots from the field, including an abysmal 22.7 percent mark from 3.

Whitman benefitted from 26 Loggers turnovers and stripped them for 19 steals in the victory.

The Missionaries play the second game of their five-game homestand Saturday against Pacific Lutheran at 6 p.m.

WHITMAN 111, PUGET SOUND 77

PUGET SOUND (77) SEmD Rauch 3-4 1-2 7, Mukhopadhyay 0-1 0-0 0, Rogers 3-6 0-1 8, Cheledinas 5-9 0-0 6, Yarbro 5-11 1-2 11, Maw 1-4 0-0 2, Holden 2-4 2-3 6, Barber 0-3 0-0 0, Mckay 1-5 2-2 4, Meyer 2-6 2-4 7, Jobe 1-3 0-0 2, Nelson 3-8 6-6 12, Shattuck 0-3 0-0 0, Borboa 2-3 0-1 4, Reid 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 29-71 14-21 77.

WHITMAN (111) SEmD Mounier 7-16 1-2 18, Eisenhardt 3-4 1-1 7, Duckworth 3-7 3-4 11, Clark 4-6 0-0 10, Raher 2-9 4-5 9, Clough 4-6 12-12 22, Callahan 0-1 4-4 4, Lippi 2-7 1-2 7, Oti 2-4 2-2 7, Durham 1-3 0-0 3, Martin 0-0 2-2 2, Gilkey 5-8 1-2 11. Totals 33-72 31-36 111.

Halftime — WC 62-41. 3-point goals SEmDUPS 5-22 (Rodgers 2-3, Cheledinas 2-2, Meyer 1-4), WC 14-33 (Mounier 3-8, Duckworth 2-5, Clark 2-4, Raher 1-4, Clough 2-2, Lippi 2-6, Oti 1-1, Durham 1-2). Total fouls— UPS 26, WC 20. Fouled out— none. Technical fouls—WC Callahan. Rebounds— UPS 47, WC 43. Turnovers— UPS 26, WC 16. Assists—UPS 12, WC 19.

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