Kyle Roach finished with a game-high 22 points and added six rebounds to power the eighth-ranked Whitworth Pirates to a 78-69 victory over the Chapman Panthers in nonconference play on Monday in Orange, California.
Christian Jurlina added 14 points and four assists for the Pirates, who improved to 7-1 on the season. Ben Bishop came off the bench to score a career-high 12 points, hitting all four of his shots from the floor and 4 of 6 free throws.
Whitworth took control of the game over the final eight minutes of the first half.
After the Panthers (4-5) went on a 16-2 run to take a 23-15 lead, Whitworth answered with a 23-6 run of its own to go up 38-29 at halftime.
“I think we regrouped during that under-eight (minutes) media timeout and collectively addressed some things we needed to do better from a toughness standpoint,” said Whitworth coach Matt Logie. “That allowed us to get stops on defense and get going on offense.”
The Pirates’ largest lead of the game came at the 7:45 mark of the second half when Roach nailed a 3-pointer to put the Whits up 62-46.
The Pirates return to action on Wednesday when they take on Alma College of Michigan at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Gonzaga Bulldogs senior third baseman Jeff Bohling was named to the Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America third team on Monday.
Bohling is Gonzaga’s first preseason All-American since Marco Gonzales in 2013.
Bohling, a native of Bellevue, Washington, batted .298 last season. The reigning West Coast Conference player of the year led the Zags last season in slugging (.522), RBIs (50), runs scored (51) and home runs (8).
Dylan Hendershott tossed in 14 points and Cameron Cotter scored seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter to propel the Cusick Panthers to a 61-56 victory over the Curlew Cougars in Northeast 1B action in Curlew.
Justin Hanks scored a game-high 18 for Curlew, while Michael Mumford and Liam Chamberlain added 16 and 15 points, respectively.
– Jacob Wells scored a game-high 19 points and Jared Anderson and Jake Cilley combined to score 26 as the visiting Pullman Greyhounds rolled to a 65-51 win over the Port Angeles Roughriders in nonleague play.
– Mikal Palmer scored 10 points, including eight straight in a pivotal second quarter, and the Deer Park Stags breezed to a 57-36 victory over the visiting Priest River Spartans in nonleague action.
Isaac Berglund topped the Stags, who turned a one-point first-quarter deficit into a 10-point halftime lead with a 16-5 run, with 13 points
Korin Baker had 20 points and 14 rebounds and MeganJoe Beedle hit seven 3-pointers en route to a game-high 21 points as the Curlew Cougars breezed to a 56-37 win over the visiting Cusick Panthers in Northeast 1B play.
Gracie StrangeOwl led Cusick with 15 points.
– Carolena Sears buried a shot with 23 seconds left to play and the visiting Pullman Greyhounds outlasted the Port Angeles Roughriders 42-39 in nonleague play.
Kelsey Nestegard led Pullman with nine points. Sears scored seven.
– Destanne Sunchild scored seven points and hit a key jumper with 12 seconds remaining to lift the Deer Park Stags to a 32-29 win over the visiting Priest River Spartans in nonleague play.
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