Whitworth men’s basketball gets first win

by Connor Soudani

The Whitworth men’s basketball team picked up its  first win of the season last Friday against Mary Hardin Baylor.  After hanging on to a 26-24 lead at the half, the Pirates pulled ahead by 10 to make it 62-52 with 3:23 left in the game, and never looked back.  While Crusaders made a few runs towards the end, Whitworth never let them get closer than five as they finished with the final score  70-61.

Junior Dustin McConnell was the leading scorer for Whitworth, putting up a career-high 18 points, including a number of pivotal free throws down the stretch.  Junior Colton McCargar also had a crucial outing hitting a number of 3-pointers to finish with 13.  Senior Mack Larkin and freshman George Valle had strong performances as well, both finishing with 12.

Whitworth improved its free throw performance after, shooting 15-23 against St. Thomas and 11-16 against Idaho State.  Free throws were not a problem for the Pirates this time around, shooting 13-15 from the line.

The Whitworth men will play Montana Tech on November 28th in its first road game of the regular season.

Contact Connor Soudani at csoudani16@my.whitworth.edu.

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