Ben College and Garrett Hull combined for 39 points Friday to lead a balanced attack as Whitworth stormed past Pacific 89-67 in Northwest Conference men’s basketball play in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Whitworth, ranked fifth in this week’s D3hoops.com poll, fell behind 6-0 before scoring eight consecutive points. The Pirates (18-2, 10-1 NWC) took the lead for good on College’s 3-pointer midway through the first half that snapped a 12-all tie.
Whitworth built the lead to double digits on Hull’s 3-pointer with 8:02 left in the half.
The Boxers (11-9, 5-6) made a push in the second half, cutting Whitworth’s lead to 51-44 on Nate Olowo’s jumper with 15:36 left.
The Pirates answered with a 7-0 run, capped by College’s 3-pointer with 14:38 remaining.
College shot 8 for 12 from the field and hit all three of his 3-point attempts. Hull hit 7 of 11 from the floor, including 4 of 6 from long range, and added four assists and four steals.
Whitworth’s Kyle Roach added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Ben Bishop finished with 11 points and was one of four Pirates to share team rebounding honors with five.
Davis Holly scored 17 points for the Boxers and Olowo added 13 points and seven rebounds.
Whitworth 86, Pacific 66: Camy Aguinaldo, who hit three 3-pointers, led four players in double figures with 21 points while leading the Pirates (8-11, 4-7 NWC) past the Boxers (3-16, 2-9) in Forest Grove, Oregon.
The Pirates never trailed while avenging an 80-72 home loss to the Boxers on Jan. 6.
Erika Kuehn added 15 points, and Madison Moffat and Grace Douglas scored 13 apiece for the Pirates. Moffat added 10 rebounds and five assists to record her 11th double-double of the season.
Whitworth finished 25 of 28 from the line, led by Moffat’s 9-for-10 night.
Jenee Brown led Pacific with 15 points.
The Pirates took an 18-5 lead with a 9-0 first-quarter run. Whitworth extended its lead to 37-18 with a 7-0 second-quarter run.
Whitworth’s lead grew to as many as 23 points late in the third quarter.
Pacific coach Larry Davis received two technical fouls and was ejected with 7 minutes left in the game.