Whitman men roll up Willamette, 98-65, for fifth straight victory

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SALEM - Stringing together a 27-5 run over an eight-minute span that started late in the first half, Whitman College rolled to a 98-65 Northwest Conference men's basketball victory over Willamette here Saturday night.

Whitman's fifth straight victory gives the Missionaries a 13-4 record overall and 6-2 NWC record at the midway point in the league season.

Dropping its eighth consecutive decision, Willamette skidded to 0-8 in conference and 2-15 on the season.

An early 10-5 Whitman advantage gave way to six ties and five lead changes, the last of which came with 9:22 left in the half when Drew Raher buried a 3-pointer for a 26-24 Whitman lead.

Back-to-back threes from Raher and David Michaels had Whitman on top 41-32 with 5:25 left in the half, but Willamette narrowed the gap to 44-37. The Missionaries closed out the last 2:22 on an 8-1 run to lead 52-38 at the break.

The Bearcats tallied the first bucket of the second half, but the Missionaries responded by scoring 19 of the next 21 points to settle this one.

Michaels, who led all scorers with 22 and tallied the first seven Missionary points to the start the game and had 16 at halftime, capped Whitman's early second-half blitz with a jumper that ballooned the lead to 71-42 with 14:43 still left to play.

With Raher grabbing 11 rebounds, Whitman out-rebounded Willamette 42-27 and forced the Bearcats into 21 turnovers.

Josh Duckworth added 11 points and Jordan Dickson came off the bench to hit a pair of 3-pointers en route to 10 points.

Whitman has now won its last six meetings between the two schools.

Whitman returns to western Oregon next weekend, playing at Lewis & Clark in Portland on Friday and at George Fox in Newberg on Saturday.

Whitman 98, Willamette 65

WHITMAN (65) - Duckworth 3-6 5-6 11, Michaels 8-9 4-4 22, thompson 0-3 4-4 4, Clark 2-6 0-0 6, Raher 3-5 0-0 9, Mounier 2-7 3-4 7, Eisenhardt 2-4 3-4 7, Shaw 1-2 2-4 4, Dickson 2-4 4-4 10, Callahan 0-1 0-0 0, Pavilonis 3-9 0-0 8, Gagliardi 1-1 0-0 2, Alvarez 0-2 0-0 0, Durham 0-1 0-0 0, Wright 1-1 0-0 2, Gilkey 1-4 4-5 6. Totals 29-65 29-35 98.

WILLAMETTE (65) - Dart 1-4 3-4 5, Malley 3-10 1-2 8, Hansen 1-2 0-0 2, Meehan 3-6 3-4 11, Mounts 4-12 2-2 12, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 0-3 1-2 1, McNally 1-3 0-0 2, Newhof 1-2 0-0 3, Bos 0-0 0-0 0, Hughes 1-2 2-2 4, Manu 2-2 0-0 5, Brown 0-0 2-2 2, Knowles 0-0 0-0 0, Ripley 4-5 2-3 10. Totals 21-51 16-22 65.

Halftime - Whitman 52-38. 3-point goals - Whit 11-26 (Michaels 2-2, Thompson 0-1, Clark 2-5, Raher 3-3, Mounier 0-3, Dickson 2-3, Pavilonis 2-8, Alvarez 0-1), Wil 7-15 (Malley 1-4, Meehan 2-3, Mounts 2-2, Jackson 0-2, Newhof 1-2, Hughes 0-1, Manu 1-1). Total fouls - Whit 21, Wil 28. Fouled out - Wil (Dart). Technical fouls - Whit (Eisenhardt), Wil (Mounts). Rebounds - Whit 42 (Raher 11), Wil 27 (Ripley 4). Turnovers - Whit 15, Wil 21. Assists - Whit 16 (Ducjworth 3, Clark 3), Wil 14 (Hansen 3, Meehan 3, Mounts 3).

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