Tip-Off Reception and Alumni Game Coming on Saturday

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth men's basketball season gets an unofficial kick start on Saturday night when the Pirates play their annual game against a team of alumni and the Whitworth fan base is treated to a pregame reception.

The Whitworth Alumni basketball game will tip off at 6:00 pm.  Last year the alumni team, featuring seven former First Team All-NWC honorees, defeated the varsity squad 96-91 in overtime.  David Riley, a three-time First Team All-NWC selection during his Whitworth career (208-2011), led the alums with 16 points, while Ryan Symes (the 2008 NWC Player of the Year) chipped in 15 points.  Taylor Farnsworth topped the varsity squad with 16 points and Dustin McConnell added 15.

The basketball program will treat all Sixth-Man Club members, along with all Alumni, and their families, to a pregame reception at 5:00 pm.  The reception will include hors d'oeuvres and refreshments and will take place on the back side of the Fieldhouse.

Whitworth, ranked 12th in the D3hoops.com preseason poll, will play its first official game on November 15th against Trinity (Texas).  That game will take place in Tacoma, Washington at the University of Puget Sound.