Whitworth rallies past Missionaries

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WALLA WALLA — Hot-shooting Whitworth rallied from a 49-44 halftime deficit and defeated Whitman 84-80 Tuesday night at Sherwood Center, knocking the Missionaries out of their share of first place in the Northwest Conference men’s basketball standings.

The Pirates and the Missionaries entered the game with identical 5-1 NWC records and were joined by Lewis & Clark atop the league standings. The Tigers were idle Tuesday but face a crucial NWC road trip this weekend, visiting Whitman Friday and Whitworth Saturday.

Those will be the only games of the weekend for the Missionaries and Pirates.

Whitman, which saw its season record dip to 10-6, couldn’t keep pace with Whitworth’s deadly shooting Tuesday. The Pirates were a radiant 30-for-48 from the field overall, a .625 shooting percentage, and they were equally accurate from 3-point distance, sinking 15-of-24.

Whitworth’s offensive attack was balanced as well, with five Pirates finishing in double figures. Colton McCarger led the way with 23 points on 8-for-11 shooting overall and 3-for-5 from downtown.

Dustin McConnell sank 6-of-8 3-pointers and finished with 20 points for the Pirates, Christian Jurlina came off the bench to tally 15 and Robby Douglas and Taylor Farnsworth scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Whitman was paced by Tochi Oti’s 22 points. Evan Martin added 17 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Philip Chircu was a third Missionary in double figures with 10 points.

WHITWORTH 84, WHITMAN 80

WHITWORTH (84) — McCarger 8-11 4-6 23, McConnell 7-12 0-0 20, Robby 4-7 1-1 12, Farnsworth 4-5 2-3 10, Valle 1-2 0-0 2, Jurlina 5-7 2-4 15, Wilks 1-1 0-1 2, Love 0-3 0-0 0, Carter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-48 9-15 84

WHITMAN (80) — Oti 7-18 6-6 22, Martin 7-9 3-3 17, Mounier 2-13 2-2 6, Chircu 4-7 0-0 10, Callahan 0-0 0-0 0, Lippi 3-6 0-0 8, Duckworth 1-2 0-0 3, Clough 2-5 0-0 6, Thoompson 2-3 2-3 7, Hays 0-1 1-3 1. Totals 28-64 14-17 80

Halftime — Whitman 49, Whitworth 44. 3-point goals — Whitworth 15-24 (Douglas 3-4, McConnell 6-8, McCarger 3-5, Jurlina 3-5, Love 0-2), Whitman 10-29 (Mounier 0-6, Chircu 2-3, Martin 0-1, Oti 2-7, Lippi 2-5, Duckworth 1-1, Clough 2-5, Thompson 1-1). Total fouls — Whitman 19, Whitworth 16. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Whitworth 30 (McCarger 6), Whitman 30 (Martin 15). Turnovers — Whitworth 16, Whitman 5. Assists — Whitworth 19 (McConnell 6, Jurlina 6), Whitman 15 (Mounier 6).

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