Whitman men rally back from 17-point hole to beat L&C

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WALLA WALLA — The Missionary men overcame a 19-point second-half deficit, getting 21 points from forward Ben Eisenhardt in the second stanza, in edging Lewis & Clark 74-71 at Sherwood Athletic Center Saturday night.

The win puts Whitman into a two-way tie for second with George Fox, both with 8-4 records, and drops the Pioneers to fourth in the NWC at 7-5.

The victory also marks the Whits’ fifth win in their last six outings, and runs their conference home record to 6-0.

On Friday at Sherwood, The Missionaries broke open a tight game in the first half by scorching the net from beyond the arc (for 73 percent from downtown) and never let Pacific back in the game on their way to a 101-68 victory. It was the eighth time Whitman has surpassed the 100-point mark this season.

On Saturday, L&C took control of the game early and looked like the Pioneers might run away with it in the first half. Riding the hot shooting of guard Dexter Pearce (16 points in the first half), the Pioneers got out to a 31-12 lead with just over eight minutes remaining before intermission.

The Missionaries answered with a 15-3 run to close the gap to seven, 34-27, when wing Philip Chircu drained a 3-ball with four-and-a-half minutes to play.

But the Pioneers outscored the Whits 11-3 the remainder of the half and take a 45-30 advantage into the locker room.

In the opening moments of the second half, L&C again threatened to make it a blowout, taking a 19-point lead on a Ross Erickson layup with two minutes played.

Then, Eisenhardt started to take charge, making 8-of-12 from the field and sinking 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. During two different stretches, he scored three straight buckets on a myriad of moves. His layup with 11 minutes remaining drew the Missionaries to within five, the closest they had been since the opening moments of the game.

Whitman finally caught the Pioneers at 66-66 when forward Matt Mounier hit a leaner at the 5:44 mark, and the Pioneers could not hold off the Missionaries.

Josh Duckworth tallied 11 for Whitman.

With the win, Whitman improves to 14-7 on the season. Lewis & Clark is 13-8.

On Friday, Whitman’s Mounier led the way in scoring for the third straight game with 17 — including 3-of-6 from 3-point land.

The Whits ended the game with a 3-point success rate of 56.5 percent.

Whitman’s press forced the Boxers into 25 turnovers and produced 16 steals, while the Missionaries only committed 10 turnovers for the game.

Whitman hosts No. 3 Whitworth (20–1) Tuesday night at the Sherwood Center, looking to avenge an earlier double-overtime loss in Spokane. Tip-off is 8 pm.

WHITMAN 74. LEWIS & CLARK 71

LEWIS & CLARK (71) — Leathers 3-7 4-4 10, Erickson 5-12 0-1 10, Hollins 1-8 12-14 14, Pearce 6-9 8-9 24, Pisapia 0-0 0-1 0, Neves 0-3 0-2 0, Freeberg 2-3 0-0 4, Luhnow 0-2 0-0 0, Rayford 0-2 2-4 2, Ovchinnikov 1-6 0-0 3, Carter 0-0 0-0 0, Sims 1-2 1-2 4. Totals 19-54 27-37 71.

WHITMAN (74) — Raher 2-4 0-0 5, Eisenhardt 9-16 7-10 25, Mounier 2-8 3-6 7, Lippi 1-3 2-2 4, Duckworth 3-10 5-6 11, Durham 1-1 0-2 2, Clough 2-2 1-2 6, Gilkey 2-4 4-6 8, Oti 1-2 0-0 2, Pavilonis 0-2 0-0 0, Chircu 1-1 1-2 4, Callahan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-53 23-36 74.

Halftime — LC 45, Whitman 30. 3-point goals — LC 6-21 (Leathers 0-2, Hollins 0-5, Pearce 4-6, Luhnow 0-2, Rayford 0-1, Ovchinnikov 1-4, Sims 1-1), Whit 3-15 (Raher 1-2, Eisenhardt 0-1, Mounier 0-5, Lippi 0-1, Duckworth 0-2, Clough 1-1, Pavilonis 0-2, Chircu 1-1). Total fouls — LC 27, Whit 28. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — Whit 2. Rebounds — LC 42 (Erickson 7), Whit 35 (Eisenhardt 7). Turnovers — LC 18, Whit 14. Assists — LC 7 (Pisapia 2), Whit 7 (Eisenhardt 2, Lippi 2).

WHITMAN 101, PACIFIC 68

PACIFIC (68) — Proctor 0 0-0 0, Wester 1 3-3 5, Brakebush 1 1-2 4, Wettig 1 0-0 3, Mosley 5 2-2 12, Hayes 0 0-0 0, Hawkins 4 0-2 8, Moore 0 0-0 0, Beatty 2-3 1-1 5, Burns 3-6 0-0 6, Eppinger 3 4-5 11, Zitani 1 0-0 2, Hurley 0 0-0 0, Bowser 2 1-2 5, Zerkel 0 1-4 1, Ahern 0 0-0 0, Campbell 0 0-0 0, Duncan 0 6-8 6. Totals 23-50 19-29 68.

WHITMAN (101) — Mounier 5-10 4-5 17, Eisenhardt 5-10 0-0 10, Duckworth 3-7 2-2 10, Lippi 2-3 0-0 6, Raher 3-6 0-0 7, Clough 2-6 2-2 8, Callahan 0 0-0 0, Pavilonis 4-5 2-2 12, Chircu 1-1 0-0 2, Oti 1 5-6 7, Durham 4 2-4 10, Outzen 0 0-0 0, Martin 1 1-3 4=3, Clark 1 0-0 3, Gilkey 3-5 0-2 6. Totals 35-67 18-26 101.

Halftime score — Whitman 57-24. Total fouls — Pac 18, Whit 24. 3-point goals — Pac 3-11 (Brakebush, Wettig, Eppinger), Whit 13-23 (Mounier 3, Duckworth 2, Lippi 2, Raher, Clough 2, Paviloinis 2, Clark). Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — Whit (Duckworth). Rebounds — Pac 37 (Mosley 5, Bowser 5), Whit 33 (Gilkey 9). Assists — Pac 14 (Proctor 3), Whit 19 (Duckworth 4). Turnovers — Pac 25, Whit 10.

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