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).
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