Whitman men triumph on senior night

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WALLA WALLA — Whitman College’s men’s basketball team celebrated Senior Night Friday with a 91-63 thumping of Linfield Saturday night.

The win comes on the heels of a frustrating 98-95 loss to George Fox that saw the Missionaries come almost all the way back from a 53-38 halftime deficit, but fall just short.

Dominic Lippi scored 15 points and Matt Mounier added 14 Saturday, as Whitman improved to 11-3 in conference play and 16-7 overall.

Lippi hit a trio of 3-pointers early to almost single-handedly vaulted the Missionaries into a 14-2 lead with just under four minutes gone in the first half.

Thompson extended the lead to 15, 24-9, with a couple of free throws at the 12:39 mark.

Linfield ripped off eight points to close the gap to seven, 24-17. Ryan Cali tossed in a trey with 8:39 remaining in the half to complete the run.

A three-point play the old fashioned way by Brandon Gagliardi 11 seconds later stopped the bleeding and put Whitman up by 10, 27-17.

Toshi Oti muscled in an acrobatic, low-block try with 6:05 to go to give Whitman a 41-26 lead.

Linfield ended the period with an 11-4 run to cut Whitman’s lead to 14, 52-38, at halftime.

Jackson Clough’s hit a 3 to start a 12-point Whitman run mid-way through the second half. Thompson ended the run with a driving lay-in with 11:52 remaining that put Whitman up by 30, 73-43.

Brock Wade gave the Missionaries their biggest margin of the game — 84-48 — with a right-wing 3.

Whitman’s next visits Whitworth Tuesday at 8 p.m.

WHITMAN 91, LINFIELD 63

LINFIELD (63)— Rodby 0-2 0-0 0, Brill 1-5 0-0 2, Potter 3-12 0-0 7, Cali 1-4 2-2 5, Myren 2-4 0-0 6, Dirks 6-7 0-0 13, Crowell 1-2 1-2 3, Toor 0-0 0-0 0, Cantonwine 0-2 2-2 2, Jurgens 1-1 0-2 2, Hendryx 1-4 3-4 6, Gion 6-10 0-0 14, Walls 1-1 0-0 3, Hurley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-54 8-12.

WHITMAN (91)— Eisenhardt 2-6 1-1 5, Mounier 5-7 1-1 14, Oti 3-7 2-2 10, Thompson 4-7 2-2 10, Duckworth 0-0 0-0 0, Martin 2-5 2-6 9, Gagliardi 1-1 1-1 3, Clough 3-5 2-2 11, Hays 1-1 0-0 2, Callahan 0-0 0-0 0, French 0-0 1-2, Durham 2-3 1-2 4, Wade 2-6 1-2 7, Outzen 0-0 0-0 0, Lippi 5-11 1-1 15. Totals 31-59 15-21.

Halftime — Whit 52-38. 3-point goals — Lin 9-25 (Brill 0-3, Potter 1-5, Cali 1-4, Myren 2-3, Dirks 1-1, Cantonwine 0-1, Hendryx 1-3, Gion 2-4, Walls 1-1); Whit 14-27 (Mounier 3-4, Oti 2-5, Clough 3-5, Wade 2-6, Lippi 4-7). Total fouls — Lin 19, Whit 17. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Lin 35 (Gion 7), Whit 30 (Oti 5). Assists — Lin 6 (Potter 2), Whit 16 (Thompson 4, Callahan 4). Turnovers — Lin 18, Whit 6.

GEORGE FOX 98, WHITMAN 95

GEORGE FOX (98) — Brent 4-6 2-2 11, Bolte 2-8 6-8 11, Martin 2-3 0-0 6, Rettmann 2-6 0-0 5, Lacey 0-1 0-0 0, Grant 9-15 3-5 28, Atkins 6-7 3-3 15, Howard 3-11 6-8 14, Larson 3-4 2-2 8, Graham 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-62 22-28 98.

WHITMAN (95) — Oti 7-12 2-3 18, Clough 4-8 5-6 15, Mounier 2-6 6-9 11, Martin 2-4 2-5 6, Lippi 1-6 0-0 3, Eisenhardt 8-9 6-9 22, Thompson 6-12 3-5 16, Callahan 1-3 2-2 4, Gagliardi 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-61 26-39 95.

Halftime — GF 53-38. 3-point goals — GF 14 (Grant 7, Howard 2, Martin 2, Brent, Bolte, Rettmann), Whit 7 (Oti 2, Clough 2, Mounier, Lippi, Thompson). Total fouls — GF 28, Whit 24. Fouled out — GF (Atkins), Whit (Mounier). Technical fouls — Whit (Clough). Total rebounds — GF 43 (Brent 8), Whit 28 (Martin 6). Turnovers — GF 25, Whit 12. Assists — GF 6 (Howard 3), Whit 9 (Oti 2, Mounier 2, Martin 2).

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