NEWBERG, Ore. – Kyle Roach scored a game-high 27 points and the seventh-ranked Whitworth Pirates squeaked past the George Fox Bruins 88-85 on Friday in a Northwest Conference men’s basketball game.
Whitworth (12-2, 4-1) moved into second place in the conference standings, a game behind Whitman. The Pirates bounced back after a loss to the fourth-ranked Blues on Tuesday.
George Fox (10-4, 4-1) cut a 15-point halftime deficit to two points on two occasions in the second period.
Jordan Lester added 13 points and Isaiah Hernandez had 12 for the Pirates.
Mason Green-Richards had 24 points for George Fox with four 3-pointers. Ryan Lacey and Jackson Januik added 14 points apiece.
Both teams were comfortable on the offensive end as the Pirates shot 58 percent from the floor while the Bruins were a shade less than 50. Whitworth ranks third in NCAA Division III in field-goal percentage.
Jared Christy grabbed 10 rebounds for Whitworth, which won the rebounding battle 35-29, but committed 21 turnovers with only 16 assists.
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