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Dempsey Roggenbuck scored 26 points, including four 3-pointers, leading Linfield past Whitworth 91-80 in the Northwest Conference regular-season finale for both teams Saturday.
It is a rare night on a basketball court when senior Ben College can’t find his rhythm.
It was getting dark at the Pine Bowl as Linfield’s powerful offense orchestrated its final push, igniting a 38-31 overtime win over Whitworth.
Last year, the Linfield Wildcats wanted to run the ball against the Whitworth Pirates, but couldn’t. This year, the Wildcats want to air it out.
Healthier than they have been since the start of the season, the Whitworth Pirates jogged out to the Pine Bowl for practice this week confident that they are about to peak at just at the right time.
So many of Whitworth’s most recent victories required a late surge and a halftime comeback, but there was no such need for the Pirates on Thursday night.
Just like their last game, the Whitworth Pirates found themselves behind most of the game Friday against the Linfield Wildcats.
With a relatively difficult stretch of basketball behind them, the Whitworth Pirates hope they’ve built some momentum going into a couple of key Northwest Conference home games this weekend.
Whitworth came out of halftime and held Linfield without another first down until the final play of the third quarter. By then the Pirates’ offense had started rolling, and Whitworth earned a 19-14 come-from-behind victory over Linfield on Saturday at the Pine Bowl. It was the program’s first over the Wildcats since 2007 and only the Pirates’ sixth in the 45-game series.
Two byes. No road games. In 30 years of coaching, Rod Sandberg has never had a September like this one.
A senior with 23 career starts on the Whitworth offensive line, Jacob Hubbard has been part of the football program’s resurgence under fifth-year coach Rod Sandberg.
Hitting their stride while taking the Puget Sound Loggers out of theirs, the Whitworth Pirates pulled away for a 97-79 Northwest Conference semifinal win at the Fieldhouse on Thursday night.
After Whitworth’s roller coaster of a week last week, the Pirates were aching for a breather. Whitworth started last week with a tough one-point loss to No. 1 Whitman then finished with a narrow three-point win over George Fox three days later. The Pirates (21-3, 13-2 Northwest Conference) finally slowed down and followed five starters in double digits to an 86-75 win over the Linfield Wildcats (16-7, 10-5) on Friday night.
In the battle of the unstoppable force, No. 14 Whitworth’s high-powered offense, against the immovable object, No. 8 Linfield’s defense, the defense ruled Saturday as the Wildcats dropped the previously unbeaten Pirates 38-9 on Maxwell Field.
It wasn’t by design, but Linfield gave Eastern Washington the ultimate confidence-booster Friday afternoon at Reese Court.
After a slow start, the schedule picks up in a hurry for Eastern Washington basketball.
Washington, Idaho, Whitworth football advances
The Whitworth women’s basketball team is off to the best start in program history after crushing visiting Linfield 77-37 on Friday night at Whitworth Fieldhouse. The Pirates (13-0, 4-0 NWC) led from the beginning, and the Wildcats did not have an answer for junior guard KC McConnell until it was too late. The junior guard scored a game-high 23 points and had nine rebounds.
Aggies at Vandals Kickoff: 2 p.m., Kibbie Dome, Moscow
Idaho takes on New Mexico State and Whitworth travels to Linfield in regional college football action Saturday.