FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Visiting Whitworth outscored Pacific 19-2 over the first eight minutes of the second half to pull away for a 84-45 victory over the Boxers in the regular season finale for both schools on Saturday night at the Stoller Center.
The Pirates improved to 24-1 overall and 15-1 in the Northwest Conference, setting a school record for most regular-season victories. Pacific ends its season 4-21, 3-13.
The win gave Whitworth head coach Jim Hayford his 250th career victory in his 12th year of coaching. He is 213-56 in his 10th year leading the Pirates.
Whitworth struggled to pull away from Pacific early in the game. After the Pirates grabbed an early lead, Carson Bartlett hit a three-pointer to pull the Boxers within 26-21 with less than five minutes to play in the half. But the Pirates closed the half on an 11-2 run to take a 37-23 lead into the locker room. Michael Taylor (Brewster) had 12 points at halftime to lead Whitworth.
Whitworth then opened the second half on a 19-2 run, limiting Pacific to a pair of free throws and no baskets over the first eight minutes of the second period. The Pirates continued to apply tough defense and the Boxers did not reach ten second half points until 7:04 was left in the game. Whitworth eventually outscored Pacific 47-22 in the second half.
Taylor led all scorers with 25 points Jack Loofburrow scored 15 points and led the Bucs with nine rebounds. David Riley and Wade Gebbers each scored 14 points for the Pirates.
Carson Bartlett led Pacific with 11 points, while LeMar Anglin scored ten points and grabbed a game-high 10 boards.
Whitworth will turn its attention to the Northwest Conference tournament, where the Pirates will host fourth place Pacific Lutheran on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. The other NWC semifinal will have second-seeded Whitman hosting #3 Lewis & Clark, also on Thursday.