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Whitworth wins second-straight to open season, top Redlands 74-68 in Tip Off Classic

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 7, 2021

Whitworth's Jordan Lester goes up for a shot against Redlands during the Tip Off Classic tournament at the Whitworth Fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.  (Courtesy Whitworth Athletics)
Whitworth's Jordan Lester goes up for a shot against Redlands during the Tip Off Classic tournament at the Whitworth Fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. (Courtesy Whitworth Athletics)
From staff reports

Jordan Lester led four Whitworth players in double figures with 14 points, and the Pirates held off Redlands for a 74-68 win in the Tip Off Classic at the Fieldhouse on Saturday night.

Whitworth improved to 2-0. The visiting Bulldogs were playing their season opener.

A Lester jumper gave the Pirates a 64-54 advantage with 7 1/2 minutes left in the game, but Redlands reeled off the next eight points to climb within 64-62 on a Justice Marmara layin.

Darne Duckett’s layup for Redlands tied the game at 68-all with 2:50 remaining. The Pirates regained the lead on Rowan Anderson’s bucket, and Lester split a pair of free throws to give Whitworth a 71-68 lead with 1:31 left.

Lester finished with a team-high 11 rebounds. Miguel Lopez scored 13 points, and Garrett Paxton and Liam Fitzgerald added 12 and 10, respectively, for the Pirates.

Marmara scored a game-high 18 points for the Bulldogs.

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