Puget Sound nips Whitman men, 66-64

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WALLA WALLA - Riggs Yarbro canned a pair of short jumpers in the final 90 seconds to lift Puget Sound to a 66-64 Northwest Conference men's victory over Whitman College Saturday night in Sherwood Center.

The victory pulled Puget Sound in a three-way tie for second place with Whitman and George Fox.

All three schools head to the final two weeks of the season with 8-4 conference records.

Puget Sound, now 16-5 on the season, trailed by two points after Whitman senior David Michaels drove the baseline for a layup while drawing a foul on Yarbro.

Riggs finnished his night with 13 points and was one of four Loggers scoring in double digits. Kaleh Shelton had a game-high 17 points while Edric Egberuare combined 12 points with nine rebounds.

Anthony Gittens added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Loggers before fouling out late in the game.

Michaels led Whitman with 16 points, five assists and four rebounds. Junior Ignas Pavilonis hit four 3-pointers, good for 12 points, while junior Drew Raher chipped in with 10 points for the Missionaries.

Whitman, which dropped a five-point decision to Puget Sound last month in Tacoma, makes its final road trip of the regular season next weekend, playing games in western Oregon at Pacific on Friday and Linfield on Saturday.

The Missionaries then return home to conclude the regular season with games on Tuesday, Feb. 14, against Whitworth and Friday, Feb. 17, against Willamette.

Puget Sound (66) Whitman (64)

PUGET SOUND (66) - Gittens 5-10 2-2 12, Fernandez 0-5 0-0 0, Rogers 2-6 2-3 6, Egberuare 5-8 0-0 12, Shelton 5-8 4-4 17, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Geverola 0-0 0-0 0, Holmes 1-3 4-6, Yarbro 5-8 3-4 13. Totals 23-48 15-19 66.

WHITMAN (64) - Duckworth 3-10 2-2 8, Michaels 4-12 6-7 16, Thompson 1-5 4-7 6, Clark 1-5 0-0 3, Raher 4-9 0-0 10, Eisenhardt 2-5 0-0 4, Shaw 1-5 0-0 2, Dickson 1-3 0-0 3, Pavilonis 4-8 0-0 12, Wright 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-62 12-16 64.

Halftime - UPS 37-35 3-point goals - UPS 5 (Shelton), Whit 10 (Pavilonis 4). Total fouls-UPS 18, Whit 16. Fouled out-UPS (Gittens). Technical fouls-none. Rebounds-UPS 43 (Gittens 13), Whit 27 (Duckworth 6). Turnovers-UPS 21, Whit 8. Assists-UPS 11 (Fernandez 4, Rogers 4), Whit 18 (Duckworth 6)

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