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Whitworth men take top spot in Top 25 poll

Whitworth forward Christian Jurlina drives to the basket as Whitman's Philip Chircu in the first half last Tuesday at Whitworth. The win over the Missionaries, coupled with the win over Pacific on Friday, moved the Pirates into the top spot in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Whitworth forward Christian Jurlina drives to the basket as Whitman's Philip Chircu in the first half last Tuesday at Whitworth. The win over the Missionaries, coupled with the win over Pacific on Friday, moved the Pirates into the top spot in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Whitworth pulled in 15 of the 25 No. 1 votes in the new D3hoops.com men’s basketball Top 25 and now stands atop the poll as the new No. 1 team in the country.

The Pirates, who are 13-0 after wins last week against. current No. 21 Whitman and Pacific, are followed by Elmhurst, Augustana, Hope and Benedictine in the top five. Elmhurst, which picked up two No. 1 votes, won at home in overtime vs. Augustana last Wednesday. Augustana has five first-place votes, Hope two and Benedictine the other.

Benedictine has a head-to-head win vs. Elmhurst from November and is undefeated on the season. Augustana has a return date at home vs. Elmhurst, but not until Jan. 27. Meanwhile, the Vikings, who were last year’s national runners-up, host new No. 25 North Central on Wednesday night.

Whitworth protects its No. 1 ranking on Friday at Willamette and at George Fox on Saturday.

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