Missionaries fall to Wash. University

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ST. LOUIS — Playing its second straight game without starting forward Ben Eisenhardt, out due to a concussion, the Whitman men’s basketball team lost to Washington University tonight at the Lopata Classic, 76-68.

The Bears (4-0), playing on their home floor, were able to hold off Whitman (0-3) despite shooting only 46 percent from the line (13-28). The Missionaries hit 63 percent from the charity stripe (12-19).

Whitman fell to Chicago, 81-79, in the tournament opener Friday night.

Whitman’s Tochi Oti came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points Saturday after scoring a career-best 14 the night before. Oti was named to the all-tournament team, as was teammate Josh Duckworth who tossed in 13 Saturday following his 15-point performance the previous evening.

In the first half, the Bears opened up 10-point leads twice before settling for a 44-37 halftime advantage. At the outset of the second half the Missionaries perked up and cut the lead to two on two separate occasions, 47-45 and 51-49. Each time, though, the Bears had an answer.

A critical play came at the 13:28 mark when Alan Alboona was fouled on a made 3-pointer. He converted the free throw and the 4-point play increased the Bear’s margin from two to six. Whitman pulled within two one more time at 57-55 when Matt Mounier converted a 3-point play, driving in and drawing the foul, but the Bears responded with a 3 by Alboona and the lead was five again.

Oti sank a floater to cut the lead to three but that was as close as the Missionaries would get as Washington expanded its lead down the stretch.

The Bears shot 52.9 percent from the floor whereas Whitman shot just 37.7 percent.

Dominic Lippi totaled 14 points for the Whits (4-of-4 from beyond the arc), while Mounier had 13 to round out the Missionaries in double figures.

Alboona led all scorers with 19. Chris Klimek and Nick Burt both had 12 and Matt Palucki had 10 for the Bears.

Whitman is back in action when it visits Cal Tech Wednesday.

Washington University 76, Whitman 68

WASHINGTON (76) — Aboona 6-11 3-7 19. Limek 5-8 2-8 12. Burt 5-7 2-2 12 Palucki 3-6 2-2 10. Cooney 3-6 1-2 8. Silverman-Lloyd 2-6 0-0 6. Fatoki 3-6 1-2 5. Staffeil 0-0 2-4 2. Patt 1-2 0-0 2.

WHITMAN (68) — Oti 6-13 2-2 15. Lippi 5-7 0-0 14. Mounier 4-13 3-6 13. Duckworth 3-10 5-6 14. Martin 2-4 0-1 4. Clough 2-3 0-0 4. Chircu 1-2 0-0 3. Hays 0-2 2-2 2. Callahan 0-1 0-0 0. Gagliardi 0-0 0-0 0. Wade 0-3 0-0 0. Durham 0-1 0-0 0. Thompson 0-2 0-0 0. French 0-2 0-0 0.

Halftime — Wash 44-37. 3-point goals — Wash 9-19 (Aboona 4, Palucki 2, Silverman-Lloyd 2, Cooney) Whit 10-29 (Lippi 4, Duckworth 2, Mounier 2, Oti, Chircu). Total fouls — Wash 19, Whit 25. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Total rebounds — Wash 39 (Cooney 8), Whit 34 (Callahan 6). Turnovers — Wash 18, Whit 14. Assists — Wash 20 (Burt 5), Whit 11 (Callahan 5).

Chicago 81, Whitman 79

WHITMAN (0-2) — Duckworth 4-13 6-8 15, Martin 2-5 7-8 11, Callahan 3-4 0-0 9, Mounier 1-9 2-2 4, Lippi 0-5 2-2 2, Oti 6-9 1-2 14, Thompson 3-5 2-2 8, Clough 2-6 0-1 6, Durham 2-2 0-0 5, Circu 1-4 2-2 4, French 0-0 0-0 0, Gagliardi 0-0 0-0 0, Hays 0-0 0-0 0, Wade 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-63 23-29 79.

CHICAGO (2-1) — Muskeyvalley 6-7 2-2 18, Hughes 5-10 4-4 16, Brooks 4-5 6-6 14, Smith 4-7 0-2 9, Gage 1-2 1-2 3, Simon 5-8 3-4 14, Robinson 2-2 1-2 5, Davis 1-2 0-2 2, Voss 0-1 0-0 0, Steinberg 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 28-47 17-24 81.

Halftime — Whitman 48-43. 3-point goals — Whitman 8-21 (Duckworth 1-2, Callahan 3-3, Oti 1-1, Clough 2-2, Durham 1-1), Chicago 8-14 (Muskeyvalley 4-5, Hughes 2-3, Smith 1-1, Simon 1-3). Total fouls — Whitman 21, Chicago 21. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Whitman 29 (Mounier), Chicago 36 (Smith 9). Turnovers — Whitman 14, Chicago 28. Assists — Whitman 14 (Clough 4), Chicago 19 (Muskeyvalley 5).

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