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Whitworth's Jurlina Named NWC Player of the Week

Christian Jurlina led Whitworth by averaging 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He made 61% of his shots from the field (14-of-23) and added a total of three assists and three steals. Christian Jurlina led Whitworth by averaging 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He made 61% of his shots from the field (14-of-23) and added a total of three assists and three steals.

WhitworthPirates.com

SPOKANE, Wash. - Junior forward Christian Jurlina has been named the Northwest Conference Men's Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week following a weekend of impressive performances to help Whitworth remain unbeaten and claim a weekend sweep of Willamette and George Fox on the road.

Jurlina (Sydney, Australia / Sydney Boys) led Whitworth by averaging 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He made 61% of his shots from the field (14-of-23) and added a total of three assists and three steals.

He helped lead the Pirates from nine points behind to an 81-77 overtime win at Willamette with a game-high 21 points, hitting 7-of-11 from the field with nine rebounds. His two free throws with 12 seconds to play in OT sealed the victory.  

He scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds in a 91-57 win at George Fox the next night.  

Jurlina is the fourth Pirate to be honored as a NWC Men's Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week during the 2015-16 season. Senior forward George Valle was the first recipient of the season on Nov. 17., followed by senior guard Matt Staudacher (Nov. 30) and junior guard Kenny Love (Jan. 4).

The Whitworth men, ranked No. 1 nationally by D3hoops.com, close out the first half of the NWC schedule this weekend by playing host to Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound. The Pirates take on Pacific Lutheran at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, before facing Puget Sound at 6 p.m. the following day. Both games will be preceded by the Whitworth women, who will also play the Lutes and Loggers.

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