PLEASANT Hill, Calif. - Felix Friedt muscled his way to 24 points and nine rebounds to lead Whitworth to a 58-44 win over Chapman in game three of the NWC-SCIAC Challenge on Saturday morning at Diablo Valley College.
The Pirates, ranked 12th in the preseason D3hoops.com poll, improved to 4-0 this season. The Panthers fell to 2-2.
Friedt scored 13 of his points in the first half to help the Pirates open a 32-21 lead at the break. Seven of those points came in the opening eight minutes as the Pirates jumped out to a 19-6 lead after a long three-pointer by Idris Lasisi. After Chapman fought back to within 19-16 following a basket by Justin Young, the Bucs answered with a 13-0 run to open a 32-16 lead with just under a minute to play in the period. But the Panthers were able to close the gap with five quick points before the horn.
Chapman got a close as 38-0 on a jumper by Garrett James eight minutes into the second half. But once again the Pirates answered with a key 10-0 run, including a pair of baskets by Friedt and three-pointers from Jack Loofburrow and Lasisi. The 48-30 lead with 6:33 to play was too much for Chapman to overcome.
Friedt made 10-13 shots from the floor and 4-7 from the free throw line for his season-high point total. He also grabbed a season-high nine rebounds. Loofburrow finished with 11 points, while Lasisi scored eight. Wade Gebbbers dished seven assists.
Brandon Lin scored 10 points to lead Chapman. Colin Chadwick had six points and eight boards.
Notes: Whitworth has defeated Chapman four times in a row, including the last two seasons in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Whitman defeated Cal Lutheran 68-62 in Saturday's second game. Whitworth and Whitman are members of the Northwest Conference (NWC), while CLU and Chapman are members of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SCIAC) and the two Washington schools went 2-0.
Up Next: Whitworth will host Lewis & Clark on Friday night and George Fox on Saturday in the Northwest Conference opening weekend. Both games will tip off at 8:00 pm.