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Whitworth Survives Colorado College 73-66 in Thanksgiving Classic Finale

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TWhitworth topped host Colorado College 73-66 in the final game of the Tiger's Thanksgiving Classic. TWhitworth topped host Colorado College 73-66 in the final game of the Tiger's Thanksgiving Classic.

by Whitworth Athletics

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Matt Staudacher scored a career-high 25 points to lead third-ranked Whitworth past host Colorado College 73-66 in the final game of the Tiger's Thanksgiving Classic. 

The Pirates won their first true road contest of the season to improve to 5-0 overall.  Whitworth survived a season-high 19 turnovers and 27 foul calls that allowed Colorado College to go to the free throw line 32 times.  But the Tigers (1-3) made only 17 of those free throw attempts.

George Valle scored the first five Pirate points as Whitworth jumped ahead 10-2 five minutes into the game.  But Colorado College fought back throughout the rest of the half, eventually tying the game 36-36 after a pair of free throws by Chris Martin.  That was the halftime score.

A James Lonergan layup early in the second half gave CC its first lead of the game at 42-41.  But Derek Isaac's three-pointer, his fifth of the game to that point, capped a 7-2 Pirate spurt that put Whitworth back in front 48-44.  The Bucs kept the Tigers just at arm's length the rest of the way.

After CC got back within two points (62-60) a final time with five and a half minutes to go, Isaak drilled his career-high sixth three-pointer of the game to give Whitworth a 65-60 advantage.  Staudacher then sealed the win with a pair of free throws with 24 seconds to play that provided the final margin.

Staudacher blew past his previous Whitworth career high of 14 points set last season.  He made 11 of 18 from the floor and both of his free throw attempts.  He added seven rebounds, three steals and three assists.  Isaak finished 6-7 from beyond the arc to tie his career high of 18 points.  Valle also finished with 18 points and led the team with nine rebounds. 

Whitworth finished the game shooting 48% (28-58) from the field and 44% (8-18) from three-point range.  The Pirates were 9-11 (82%) from the free throw line and finished with a 42-33 edge in rebounding.

Andrew Maddock led CC with 19 points and eight rebounds.  He was the only Tiger player in double figures.  Colorado College finished the game 23-55 (42%) from the field and only 3-12 (25%) from three-point range. 

Whitworth will return to action on Friday when the Pirates host Lewis & Clark College in the Northwest Conference opener for both schools.

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