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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