SPOKANE, Wash. – Kyle Roach and Ben College combined for 46 points and 7th-ranked Whitworth held off visiting Wisconsin-Stout 79-71 on Friday night in the second game of the Whitworth Men's Classic sponsored by Quality Inn Oakwood.
The Pirates (9-1) built a 19-point lead in the first half and held off Stout after the Blue Devils (6-4) cut the margin to three in the second period.
Roach finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists while College scored 21 thanks mostly to five three-pointers. Whitworth shot 52.8% (28-53) from the field.
The Pirates used a strong defensive effort to build the first half lead. Wisconsin-Stout made only one of its first 15 shots against Whitworth's aggressive man-to-man defense. When College hit his first three-pointer the Pirates had taken their first double-digit lead of the game (15-4) nine minutes in. The Blue Devils did not reach ten points as a team until Brandyn Christman's three-pointer pulled Stout to within 23-11 with 5:44 to go. Another College three-pointer gave Whitworth a 33-14 lead with just under two minutes left before the Blue Devils trimmed the margin to 36-21 at the break on an Adam Mackey three-pointer.
"We came out wanting to establish our defensive identity and be really active," said Whitworth head coach Matt Logie. "We took them out of what they wanted to do in the first 15 minutes of the game and I was really pleased with the tone we set early."
Stout slowly chipped away at the lead during its second half rally. Zach Dahl's three-point play cut the margin to 43-32 and Sam Ortman's three-pointer got Stout within 49-40. When Joe Duty drained a three with 5:52 to go, the Blue Devils had pulled within 59-56.
But Duty was given a technical foul for taunting his defender after that shot, sparking the Pirates to an 8-0 run that rebuilt a double-digit margin. Roach capped the rally with a three-point play. The lead remained double digits until Dahl hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds to play.
Jared Christy added his fourth double-double of the season for Whitworth with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He also led the Bucs with six assists. Garrett Hull, making his first start of the season at point guard, also had 10 points.
Duty led Stout with 16 points, while Dahl finished with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Isaac Elliott scored 10 points and had three steals.
Whitworth will take on Calvin College, a 93-84 winner over Puget Sound in Friday's first game, on Saturday night at 6:00 pm. Stout will play Puget Sound at 4:00 pm.
Calvin 93, Puget Sound 84
Derrick DeVries totaled 36 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Knights past the Loggers in the opener of the Whitworth Men's Classic sponsored by the Quality Inn Oakwood.
The first half featured wide swings in momentum as Puget Sound jumped out to an early seven-point margin before Calvin used a 16-1 run to grab an 11-point lead. The Loggers rallied to take a 52-50 lead at the break when Walker Shibley-Styer hit a long three-pointer at the buzzer.
The second half was much closer until Calvin used a late 8-0 run to take control.
Austin Bykerk added 14 points and ten rebounds for Calvin (4-6). The Knights shot 52% from the floor and had a 59-42 edge in rebounding, which was necessary to offset 29 turnovers.
Jimmy Wohrer led Puget Sound (6-3) with 17 points. Zion Sheppard had 11 points, seven rebounds and seven blocked shots off of the bench.