Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 9:35 p.m.
Ben College sank 11 of 17 from 3-point range on his way to a career-high 37 points and the Whitworth Pirates cruised to a 104-74 victory over the D’Youville Spartans on Monday night.
Whitworth won at the Fieldhouse for the second night in a row, beating the Boxers 123-98 in a Northwest Conference game Saturday, matching the school’s single-game record for points.
With five starters returning from their NCAA tournament team a year ago, Whitworth players expect to perform the way they did Friday.
After trips to Oregon and Texas the past two weekends to play teams from four conferences, men’s basketball coach Matt Logie is happy to be back at the Whitworth Fieldhouse.
By many metrics 2018 was one of the best seasons in Whitworth football history: a 10-1 record and a playoff victory, feats accomplished by only this and the 2006 Whitworth team. Whitworth also broke Linfield’s hold on the Northwest Conference, winning a conference title for the first time since 2007.
Leif Ericksen threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns, but the Pirates (10-1) fell 45-24 to Saint John’s in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs in Collegeville, Minnesota.
Whitworth will host thClaremont-Mudd-Scripps at noon Saturday, its first playoff home game since 2006.
The Whitworth Pirates put an exclamation point on their undefeated regular season Saturday.
Coach Rod Sandberg told his Whitworth Pirates football team this week that their season is half over.
On an afternoon when he wasn’t great, Whitworth quarterback Leif Ericksen made the throws he had to. And when he had to, he looked for Garrett McKay.
The 12th-ranked Whitworth football team will take the field at the Pine Bowl on Saturday in need of one more win to claim the Northwest Conference championship and a spot in the playoffs.
All that stands between Whitworth (7-0) and a playoff appearance is a win against either of the bottom two teams in the NWC standings: Lewis & Clark on Saturday, or Willamette the week after. One win clinches one of the 26 automatic playoff bids awarded to conference champions.
After striking early and often the last three games, the Whitworth offense didn’t look like itself early on against Pacific on Saturday.
Two-thirds through their nine-game schedule, the 14th-ranked Whitworth Pirates enter Saturday’s home game against Pacific in position to all but clinch the Northwest Conference title.
At Glacier High School in Kalispell, Leif Ericksen didn’t start at quarterback until his senior year. At Whitworth, he waited two seasons behind record-setter Ian Kolste. Even his academic pursuit – pre-med – suggests he has a long way to go before he’s done with school.
Leif Ericksen threw for three touchdown passes and Mason Elms rushed for 167 yards and two scores Saturday, powering the Whitworth Pirates’ 47-13 Northwest Conference football victory over Puget Sound (4-3, 3-1) at Baker Stadium.
In its quest to secure the guaranteed playoff bid tied to the Northwest Conference title, the Whitworth football team can take a big step Saturday.
Whitworth (5-0, 3-0 NWC) scored six first-half touchdowns and held Pacific Lutheran without a first down until just before halftime, coasting from there to a 55-13 victory at the Pine Bowl.