Men's Basketball Recap - Feb. 6-12: #2 Blues Clinch 1st Outright Title Since '80-81

#2 Whitman's 87-58 win at Pacific Lutheran Saturday clinched the program's first outright conference title since 1980-81.
#2 Whitman's 87-58 win at Pacific Lutheran Saturday clinched the program's first outright conference title since 1980-81.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 11

Whitman 87, at Pacific Lutheran 58

TACOMA, WASH. – Led by 17 points each from Tim Howell and Joey Hewitt, the No. 2 Whitman Blues romped over the host Pacific Lutheran Lutes 87-58 Saturday night to remain undefeated and give the program its first outright conference championship since the 1980-81 season. 

Whitworth 69, at Puget Sound 62

TACOMA, Wash. – Kenny Love and Christian Jurlina went 4-4 from the free throw line in the final 24 seconds as the No. 6 Whitworth Pirates held off the Puget Sound Loggers 69-62 Saturday night to clinch second place in the NWC and a home game in the upcoming NWC Tournament.

Willamette 86, at George Fox 77

NEWBERG, Ore. – Trent Callan scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the second half, one of five Willamette players to reach double figures, in leading the visiting Bearcats to an 86-77 victory over the George Fox Bruins Saturday night at the Wheeler Sports Center.

Pacific (Ore.) 60, at Lewis & Clark 56

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Pacific Boxers made five consecutive free throws in the final 1:42 to post a 60-56 win over the host Lewis & Clark Pioneers on Saturday, snapping a six-game losing streak and winning in Portland for the first time since the 2000-01 season.

FRIDAY, FEB. 10

George Fox 87, at Linfield 83

McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Thomas Rico poured in 35 points, hitting 13-of-14 from the field including 6-of-7 from three-point range, as the George Fox Bruins held off the host Linfield Wildcats 87-83 in a crucial matchup with NWC Tournament implications Friday night at Ted Wilson Gym.

Whitman 92, at Puget Sound 87

TACOMA, Wash. – Joey Hewitt scored a game-high 24 points and the No. 2 Whitman Blues, after building a 16-point second-half lead, held off the hard-charging Puget Sound Loggers to secure a 92-87 road win and a share of their first NWC title since 1987 Friday night at Memorial Fieldhouse.

Whitworth 72, at Pacific Lutheran 48

TACOMA, Wash. – The sixth-ranked Whitworth Pirates dominated the second half on both ends of the court, out-scoring the host Pacific Lutheran Lutes 43-18 in the final 20 minutes to come away with a 72-48 win on Friday night at Olson Auditorium. 

Lewis & Clark 73, at Willamette 57

SALEM, Ore. - Attempting to stay alive for an NWC postseason spot, the visiting Lewis & Clark Pioneers made their first six shots and Andrew Vickers scored a career-high 23 points in a 73-57 win over the Willamette Bearcats on Friday night at Cone Field House.

TUESDAY, FEB. 7

Linfield 57, at Pacific (Ore.) 54

FOREST GROVE, Ore. – A late Kyle Maloof three-pointer sealed a tense 57-54 victory for visiting Linfield over the Pacific Boxers Tuesday night at the Stoller Center as the Wildcats moved half a game ahead of Pacific Lutheran for fourth place in the NWC standings.