Pirates clinch NWC title

By Alex Blade

A No. 1 ranking and a new name in the record books high­lighted the Whitworth men’s basketball team’s week. The Bucs proved that the first No. 1 rank­ing in school history was well deserved when they defeated Willamette University 115-67 on Friday and then came from be­hind to beat George Fox Univer­sity 89-66 on Saturday. Friday’s win over the Bearcats was fueled by senior forward David Riley’s school record 10 three-pointers, which accounted for most of his game-high 33 points. Senior Mi­chael Taylor added 28 points. Willamette never threatened the Pirates, as Whitworth held a commanding 35-11 lead mid­way through the first half. The Bearcats were led by Terrell Mal­ley and Taylor Mounts, who both had 17 points.

Saturday’s victory was not so easy for the Whitworth men, as the Pirates were trailing 43-40 at the half. But the Bucs were a completely different team in the second half, and they played like the No. 1 team in the nation should.

Sparked by sophomore Wade Gebber’s 20 second-half points, the Bucs outscored the Bruins 49- 23, initiated by a 14-2 in the first three minutes of the half. Taylor led all scorers with 21 points, and junior Jack Loofburrow chipped in 11 points and 14 rebounds.

The two wins increase Whit­worth’s nation-best record to 23-0, and the Bucs will close out their regular season with road games at Whitman University on Tuesday and at Pacific University on Saturday.

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