Whitworth men’s basketball off to a 6-1 start

Taylor Jones | Staff Writer

#23 Jordan Lester laying up the ball. Photos by Mario Gonzalez

Whitworth University’s men’s basketball team has performed well so far, losing only one game this season.  

Whitworth lost their first game of the season 69-90 on Nov. 12 against Platteville, WI.  

“We are 6-1 with some great early tests including tough games in Wisconsin and California.” Jordan Lester said. 

“In our short season so far, it is hard to choose a best game, but I think our weekend in California over Thanksgiving break was huge for us. We got two really nice wins against some good teams and found another level we can tap in to as a team,” Rowan Anderson said.  

Whitworth beat Whitewater 80-79 on Nov. 13, Claremont Mudd Scripps 71-53 on Nov. 26,   Pomona-Pitzer 73-58 on Nov. 27, and Willamette 94-81 on Dec. 4.  

The team set many goals for the rest of their season. 

“Our goals as a team are to win the NWC Regular Season Championship, NWC Tournament Championship, and win the National Championship.” Lester said.  

“Our goals for the rest of the year are to approach every game with our best effort to win while having full trust in our teammates and coaching staff,” Anderson said. 

“Our goals for the season are to reach our highest potential!” Garret Paxton said. 

Whitworth has 18 more games this season to fulfil their team goals. 

“We hope to win the conference championship and advance to the national tournament.” Paxton said. 

“We are looking forward to working hard and getting better every day to try and achieve our goals.” Lester said. 

Whitworth’s biggest game of the season will be on Dec. 7 against Whitman in the Whitworth Fieldhouse. The Whitworth Cheerleading team will perform at halftime.  

“We have lots of home games coming up in December and January. We have loved being able to play in front of friends and family again and look forward to seeing them there! We have the best fans in the conference and their support is truly such a blessing at home!” Paxton said. 

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