Top-Ranked Whitworth Stays Unbeaten, Rolls Past George Fox 91-57 - SWX Right Now-Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA

Top-Ranked Whitworth Stays Unbeaten, Rolls Past George Fox 91-57

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George Valle's had 17 points in Whitworth's win over George Fox. George Valle's had 17 points in Whitworth's win over George Fox.

by Whitworth Athletics

NEWBERG, Ore. – Thanks to highly efficient offense and solid defense, Whitworth University rolled to a 91-57 win at George Fox in a Northwest Conference men’s basketball game on Saturday night at Wheeler Sports Center.

George Valle and Christian Jurlina each scored 17 points for the top-ranked Pirates (15-0 overall and 6-0 NWC), who shot 56.5% from the floor as a team.

“We did a good job moving the basketball, getting shots in rhythm and playing with confidence,” said Whitworth head coach Matt Logie.  “This kind of game is indicative of what we are capable of as a team.”

George Fox (5-10, 2-4) never led and the game was only tied for the first 35 seconds before Christian Jurlina drained a three-pointer.  Jurlina gave the Pirates their first double-digit lead with a jumper that made the score 12-2.  George Valle’s layup extended the advantage to 30-11 and Whitworth led 48-31 at halftime.

It didn’t take the Pirates long to stretch the lead past 20 points after halftime.  Jurlina’s jumper made it 52-31 less than a minute into the second half and Whitworth was able to steadily increase its lead throughout the rest of the period.  The largest lead was 36 points (91-55) in the final minute of the game.

AJ Grant scored 12 points off of the bench, while Drew Sears had 11 and Kenny Love and Derek Isaak each scored ten giving the Pirates six players in double figures.   In addition to leading the team in scoring, Jurlina (7) and Valle (6) led Whitworth in rebounding.  Matt Staudacher dished five assists.

The Pirates went 35-62 from the field, including 8-19 (42%) from three-point range.  Whitworth also finished with a 42-27 edge in rebounding.

Thomas Rico, the current NWC Player of the Week, led GFU with 12 points and was the only Bruin in double figures.  GFU made 23-60 (38%) from the field.

The Pirates will close out the first half of Northwest Conference play at home next weekend when they host Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound.

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