Bruins edge Missionary men

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NEWBERG, Ore. – The George Fox Bruins got a 3-pointer from forward Sean Atkins with 10 seconds left in regulation to edge the Whitman men’s basketball team, 76-73 Saturday night at Miller Gymnasium.

The Missionary defeat came despite a 24-point, nine-rebound effort from Whitman junior forward Ben Eisenhardt.

The loss drops the Missionaries to 3-3 in the NWC and 9-6 overall.

Eisenhardt hit two free throws with 45.4 seconds remaining to tie the game at 73-all.

George Fox came out of a timeout and ran its offense deep into the shot clock before finding Atkins in the corner, who drained the jumper with a hand in his face.

Whitman called timeout with nine seconds showing on the clock.

Point guard Josh Duckworth couldn’t get free for a shot on the perimeter and tried a pass to forward Drew Raher on the wing, but the ball was deflected off of Raher with half a second left in regulation. George Fox merely needed to inbound the ball to seal the victory.

Whitman trailed almost the entire game as the Bruins shot out of the gate, taking a double-digit advantage early in the first half, but the Missionaries chipped away and took the lead for the first time, 55-54, on two Eisenhardt free throws with 12:58 remaining in the second half.

“We showed great fight and heart getting back into the game after spotting George Fox 12 points to start,” said Whitman coach Eric Bridgeland.

“Overall, we are tired. Four road games in four different cities in nine days took its toll.”

The Missionaries return to Sherwood Center for some home cooking as they host Linfield and Willamette Friday and Saturday, respectively. Tipoff for both games is at 8 pm.

GEORGE FOX 76, WHITMAN 73

WHITMAN (73) — Mounier 2-9 0-0 5, Raher 2-10 1-2 5, Eisenhardt 9-13 6-10 24, Duckworth 6-10 4-4 16, Clark 2-4 0-0 6, Clough 1-3 0-0 2, Callahan 0-0 0-0 0, Pavilonis 0-2 0-0 0, Lippi 0-1 0-0 0, Chircu 2-2 0-0 5, Oti 0-2 0-0 0, Thompson 0-1 0-0 0, Gilkey 5-9 0-2 10. Totals 29-66 11-18 73.

GEORGE FOX (76) — Atkins 6-13 4-6 17, Adrian 3-6 0-0 6, Brent 2-2 0-2 4, Sanchez 4-11 3-4 13, Grant 7-12 1-2 19, Garlington 3-3 0-0 8, Martin 1-3 0-0 3, Bolte 1-3 4-4 6, Zandbergen 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 27-53 12-19 76.

Halftime score — George Fox 42, Whitman 39. Total fouls — Whit 18, GF 13. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Whit 41 (Eisenhardt 9), GF 29 (Sanchez 8). Assists — Whit 11, GF 18 (Sanchez 6). Turnovers — Whit 10, GF 9.

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