Bo Gregg has been a part of the show all year, content to stay in background and do all the little things that so often go unappreciated in college basketball.
But on Thursday night, Whitworth University’s senior forward took on a much more visible role and seemed completely comfortable in the glare of the spotlight, leading the Pirates on an 89-65 romp past visiting Lewis & Clark in the semifinals of the Northwest Conference tournament.
Gregg, a 6-foot-5 wing and former standout at Lewiston High School and Community Colleges of Spokane, scored a game-high 21 points to lead another balanced attack as the fifth-ranked Bucs (24-2) extended their school-record winning streak to 23 games in front of a Whitworth Fieldhouse crowd of 1,420.
The victory moved the Pirates, who breezed to a 16-0 conference record during the regular season, into Saturday night’s championship game against George Fox, a 76-66 winner over Linfield in the night’s other semifinal.
The title game, which will determine the NWC’s automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament, tips off at 7 at Whitworth Fieldhouse. Those who decide to take it in should not expect the Pirates to ease off the accelerator.