Duo leads Whitman past Willamette

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WALLA WALLA — Ben Eisenhardt scored 27 points and Josh Duckworth added 25 Saturday night to lead Whitman to a 94-87 victory over Willamette in Northwest Conference men’s basketball action on George Ball Court at Sherwood Center.

The Missionaries improved to 5-3 in the conference and 11-6 overall and dropped the Bearcats to 3-4 and 6-10.

Neither team enjoyed more than a four-point lead through the first 15 minutes of play. Whitman’s Jackson Clough changed that with a layin at the 4:42 mark of the first half that gave Whitman a six-point margin, 35-29.

Eisenhardt extended the spread to seven, 39-32, with a layup with 2:55 on the clock.

Elliot Babcock-Krenk sank two free throws with 1:49 to go that gave Willamette a one-point edge, 40-39.

Whitman ended the half with a 7-0 run. Ignas Pavilonis hit a 3-pointer with 1:15 left and back-to-back layins by Philip Chircu and Clay Callahan in the final 30 seconds gave the Missionaries a 46-40 lead going into halftime.

The Missionaries led by double digits for much of the second half before a Bearcats’ charge cut the difference to a single point. A Sean Dart layin with 7:24 left made it 76-75 Whitman.

The Missionaries then went on an 8-2 run over the next 2:23 to take a seven-point lead, 84-77, with 5:01 to play and were never seriously threatened after that. Chircu and Ryan Gilkey keyed the spurt with four points apiece.

Matt Mounier was the only other Missionary to reach double figures in the game. He ended up with 16 points.

WHITMAN 94, WILLAMETTE 87

WILLAMETTE (87) — Malley 5-19 10-11 23, McNally 1-3 0-0 2, Babcock-Krenk 2-7 8-9 13, Dart 8-9 2-3 18, Hughes 6-8 0-0 15, Brown 2-3 1-2 5, Bos 2-3 2-2 6, Luedtke 1-1 3-4 5, Vasquez 0-0 0-0 0, Hansen 0-1 0-0 0, Walters 0-1 0-0 0, Swanson 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-1 0, Ripley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-55 26-32 87.

WHITMAN (94) — Eisenhardt 11-17 5-8 27, Mounier 2-8 11-12 16, Raher 1-8 1-2 3, Duckworth 6-12 12-14 25, Lippi 1-3 0-1 2, Gilkey 1-3 2-4 4, Durham 1-2 0-0 2, Oti 0-2 0-0 0, Pavilonis 1-5 0-0 3, Clough 1-2 0-0 2, Clark 0-0 0-0 0, Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Chircu 2-3 4-4 8, Callahan 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 28-66 35-45.

Halftime score — Whitman 46, Willamette 40. 3-point goals — Willamette 7-20 (Hughes 3-5, Malley 3-8, Babcock-Krenk 1-5, Hansen 0-1, Walters 0-1), Whitman 3-14 (Duckworth 1-2, Mounier 1-3, Pavilonis 1-4, Eisenhardt 0-1, Chircu 0-1, Raher 0-3). Total fouls—Willamette 30, Whitman 24. Fouled out— none. Technical fouls—Willamette 1, Whitman 1. Rebounds— Willamette 34 (Luedtke 6), Whitman 43 (Lippi 6). Turnovers—Willamette 23, Whitman 15. Assists— Willamette 8 (Malley 3, Bos 3), Whitman 10 (Callahan 2).

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