Whitworth Rallies Past Arcadia to Remain Unbeaten

Photo by Texas Powers
Photo by Texas Powers

HONOLULU – Ben College scored 28 points and Jared Christy posted a double-double to lead Whitworth to a 75-66 win over Arcadia at the Hoops in Hawaii Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday evening.

The Pirates used a 12-2 run late in the second half to overcome a four-point deficit and remain unbeaten (5-0) this season.  The Knights trailed 14-2 early in the game, but rallied to lead most of the second half before falling to 3-2.

Christy hit a pair of three-pointers in the first three minutes of the game to help Whitworth grab an early 14-2 lead.  Garrett Hull's three-pointer kept the Bucs in front 23-11 midway through the first half.  Arcadia answered with a 10-0 run, including six points by Phil Pierfy, to get back within two points.  Whitworth continued to struggle to finish on the offensive end and Josh Scott's jumper gave the Knights a 31-30 lead at the break.

Arcadia opened the second half with a 6-1 run to take its largest lead (37-31) of the game.  The Knights still led 55-51 with 8:32 to play before the Pirates went on their 12-2 run over the next four minutes to take a 63-57 advantage.  College hit a pair of three-pointers during that run.

Whitworth was up 63-61 with three and a half minutes left.  Christy hit a pair of free throws, College finished off a Kyle Roach steal with a layup and Jordan Lester nailed a three-pointer to give the Bucs a 70-61 lead with 1:46 to go, essentially clinching the game.

College scored 20 of his 28 points after halftime.  He went 6-13 from three-point range, hitting just over half of the Pirates' 11 makes from beyond the arc.  Christy posted 15 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.  Ben Bishop scored 12 points and Lester finished with 11.  Whitworth shot 45.2% (28-62) from the field and finished with a 37-34 edge on the boards against the Knights, who had come into the game outrebounding opponents by ten per contest.

Pierfy led Arcadia with 22 points, Da'Kquan Davis added 14 and Brandon Thompson finished with 13.

Whitworth will return to Washington to open Northwest Conference play next weekend at Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran.