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Pecht leads Pirates past Cal Lutheran

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Lance Pecht scored 19 points to lead a balanced attack and the Whitworth Pirates topped California Lutheran 74-69 in the championship game of the St. Vincent de Paul Invitational men’s basketball tournament on Sunday in Burlingame, Calif.

Whitworth, which trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, improved to 5-2 on the season after going 2-0 at the tourney.

Whitworth took its first lead at 35-33 on a pair of free throws by Kevin Hasenfus four minutes into the second half. Hasenfus finished with 14 points and five rebounds.

Bryan Williams wrapped up the victory with a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining. Williams and Jon Young both scored 13 for the Pirates.

Cal Lutheran’s Phil Lehmann led all scorers with 28 points.

Lewis & Clark beat UC Santa Cruz 93-52 in the consolation finals.

“Erik Bell hit 9 of 10 free throws and finished with game highs of 27 points and 13 rebounds to power the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch to a 90-81 double-overtime win over the Whatcom Orcas in the NWAACC Crossover Tournament in Longview, Wash.

Ben Mitchell added 21 points for the Sasquatch (9-2), who finished 2-1 at the tourney. Jeremy Mangum added a double-double for CC Spokane with 15 points and a game-high 11 assists.

Women’s basketball

Emily Hendrickson had a double-double – 17 points, 10 rebounds – and Holly Ridings added 19 points and three steals to lead the Whitworth Pirates to an 82-77 victory over the Great Falls Argos in Great Falls, Mont.

Amy Ridings came off the bench to score 17, on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor, and hand out four assists.

The Pirates (4-4), who snapped a three-game losing streak, also got a pair of 10-point efforts from reserves Danielle Wegman and Kelli Highland.

Great Falls’ Laura Keaster scored a game-high 26.

Junior hockey

Chris Bratina scored two goals to lead the Beaver Valley Nitehawks (23-9-2-2) to a 6-3 win over the visiting Spokane Braves (17-12-4-2) in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play.

Leif Sherman, Brandon Lassiter and Josh Pickens scored goals for Spokane. Evan Witt had three assists.

Second-place Spokane now trails front-running Beaver Valley by 10 points in the Neil Murdoch Division.

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