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7th-ranked Whitworth Shuts Down Whitman 70-57

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Whitworth University held Whitman College scoreless for the first seven minutes of the game then held the Missionaries without a field goal for the final six minutes to earn a 70-57 win at Sherwood Center in a Northwest Conference men's basketball game on Tuesday night.

Wade Gebbers' career-high 20 points helped the 7th-ranked Pirates (22-2 overall, 15-0 NWC) extend the longest current winning streak in NCAA Division III men's basketball to 21 in a row. Whitman fell to 12-12, 6-9 despite a huge night by Justin Artis.

While Whitworth was holding Whitman scoreless the start the game, the Pirates were unable to pull away because other than Clay Gebbers' three pointer, Whitworth could not make a shot. The Pirates started the game 1-11 (0.9%) from the floor and only led 3-0 once Whitman finally got on the board.

Whitman's Peter Clark hit a three to give the Missionaries their first lead at 7-6 and Justin Artis added another three for a 10-9 Whitman edge. It would be the Missionaries' final lead of the game. Whitworth went on a 17-6 run to grab a 26-16 lead on another three-pointer by Clay Gebbers. David Riley hit a three from the corner to help the Pirates take a 39-26 lead into the locker rooms.

Whitworth kept Whitman at arms-length most of the second half until Clark's second three of the game pulled the Missionaries within 60-51 with just under six minutes to play. Nate Montgomery hit one of two free throws and Riley drained another three to spark an 8-0 Pirate run that gave Whitworth its largest lead of the game at 68-51.

Wade Gebbers went 6-12 from three-point range for the Pirates, who were 14-41 (34%) from three-point range in the game. Montgomery finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Eric Beal and Clay Gebbers each had 11 points.

The overall team effort helped the Pirates overcome 32 points by Artis, who was 5-7 from three-point range and 11-14 from the free throw line.

Whitman did not score a basket in the final six minutes, instead getting the final six points from the free throw line. The Missionaries only made 11 baskets all game as the Pirates held Whitman to 24% (11-45) shooting from the field.

Whitworth will conclude the regular season on Saturday at Linfield College.

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