Whitman men complete season sweep of Puget Sound

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TACOMA — Whitman got a solid effort from forward Matt Mounier and played strong defense here Saturday night during an 89-62 Northwest Conference men’s basketball victory over Puget Sound.

The Missionaries improved their NWC record to 6–4 and season mark to 12–7.

The Loggers fall to 1–9 and 6–13.

On Friday, Whitman was defeated by Pacific Lutheran, 74-68, despite 22 points from Mounier.

After UPS took all three contests last season, the Whits have returned the favor by sweeping the regular season series this year, including a 111-77 triumph back on December 7.

Mounier garnered 18 points and the Missionaries harassed the Loggers into 26 turnovers while plucking away 15 steals in a game where Whitman assumed control midway through the first half and was never truly threatened.

The Whits enjoyed a double-digit lead throughout the second half, and led by twenty for the first time at the 11:09 mark, 65–45, following two free throws from Philip Chircu. Every time the Loggers made a bucket, Whitman had an answer and led by twenty-one with 4:01 to play when Josh Duckworth hit a jumper. From there, the Missionaries outscored the Loggers 10-3 and finished with the 27-point margin.

Whitman led at half 43–28 after coming back from an early seven-point deficit. The Loggers led 15–8 with just over seven minutes burned off the clock before the Missionaries went on a 26–7 run over the next 6:13, capped off by a trey from Ignas Pavilonis that gave the Whits a 12-point margin.

The Missionaries lead would never drop below 10 points the rest of the game.

Four Missionaries scored in double figures. In addition to Mounier, point guard Duckworth added 13, and forward Ben Eisenhardt and wing Chircu each had 12. Keenan Durham came off the bench to score a season-best eight.

The Missionaries won the rebound battle 41–21. Mounier had six for Whitman; Chircu and Pavilonis each had five. The top rebounder for Puget Sound was Nick Holden with seven.

The Missionaries play their next four games at home, starting with a Friday matchup against Pacific at 8 p.m.

WHITMAN 89, UPS 62

WHITMAN (89) — Mournier 6-10 3-5 18, Eisenhardt 3-7 6-6 12, Raher 2-4 0-0 6, Duckworth 4-9 3-4 13, Lippi 0-1 0-0 0, Clough 3-6 0-0 7, Callahan 0-0 2-2 2, Pavilonis 1-8 0-2 3, Chircu 4-7 3-3 12, Oti 0-0 0-0 0, Durham 3-3 2-4 8, Martin 1-2 1-2 3, Clark 1-3 0-0 3, Gilkey 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 28-62 22-30 89.

UPS (62) — Jobe 1-6 1-2 4, Borboa 1-2 1-2 3, Rogers 0-0 0-0 0, Holmes 3-8 0-0 6, Cheledinas 4-10 3-5 12, Maw 4-5 2-2 13, Holden 3-3 3-7 9, Barber 0-0 1-2 1, Mckay 1-3 2-2 5, Rauch 0-2 0-0 0, Nelson 2-8 1-2 5, Dowdell 1-1 0-0 2, Shattuck 0-1 0-0 0, Reid 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 20-50 16-26 62.

Halftime score — Whitman 43, UPS 28. 3-point goals — Whit 11-23 (Mounier 3-4, Raher 2-3, Duckworth 2-4, Clough 1-2, Chircu 1-2, Clark 1-2, Pavilonis 1-5, Lippi 0-1), UPS 6-17 (Maw 3-3, Cheledinas 1-1 Mckay 1-3, Jobe 1-5, Holmes 0-1, Shattuck 0-1, Reid 0-1, Rauch 0-2). Total fouls—Whit 23, UPS 25. Fouled out— none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Whit 41 (Mounier 6), UPS 31 (Holden 7). Turnovers—Whit 18, UPS 26. Assists— Whit 13 (Callahan 4), UPS 11 (Holmes 5).

PLU 74, WHITMAN 68

WHITMAN (68) — Mournier 6-11 7-7 22, Eisenhardt 3-11 1-4 7, Raher 3-4 0-0 8, Duckworth 7-18 4-4 19, Lippi 1-3 2-2 4, Clough 0-0 0-0 0, Callahan 0-0 0-0 0, Pavilonis 2-5 1-2 6, Chircu 0-0 1-2 1, Oti 0-2 0-0 0, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Clark 0-6 0-0 0, Gilkey 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-62 16-21 68.

PLU (74) — Earnest 3-9 6-7 12, Landram 3-7 3-7 10, Anderson 0-3 2-2 2, Schilling 6-13 4-9 16, Miller 4-6 2-4 10, Williams 1-3 0-2 2, Hoyt 3-4 1-4 7, Reister 3-6 0-0 9, Isaksen 1-2 0-0 2, Parker 1-2 0-0 2, Gillespie 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 26-56 18-35 74.

Halftime score — PLU 30, Whitman 28. 3-point goals — Whit 8-23 (Mounier 3-5, Raher 2-3, Lippi 1-2, Duckworth 1-4, Pavilonis 1-4, Eisenhardt 0-1, Clark 0-4), PLU 4-11 (Reister 3-4, Landram 1-2, Schilling 0-1, Williams 0-1, Earnest 0-3). Total fouls—Whit 25, PLU 15. Fouled out—none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Whit 43 (Eisenhardt 8), PLU 49 (Schilling 11). Turnovers—Whit 19, PLU 19. Assists— Whit 10 (Duckworth 3), PLU 17 (Landram 5).

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