FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Fifth-ranked Whitworth dominated on both sides of the floor in an 89-67 win at Pacific University on Friday night at the Stoller Center.
The visiting Pirates improved to 18-2 overall and 10-1 in the Northwest Conference with their sixth straight win while the Boxers dropped to 11-9, 5-6.
Ben College and Garrett Hull combined to go 7-9 from three-point range and combined to score 39 points to lead Whitworth. The Bucs were highly efficient, making 57% of their field goals and 59% of their three-pointers. Whitworth outrebounded Pacific 39-33 and held the Boxers to 39% shooting from the floor and 28% from beyond the arc.
The Pirates trailed 12-9 seven minutes into the game, but took control with a 14-1 run. College scored five points during the run and Hull capped it with a three-pointer that increased the margin to 23-13. Another Hull three-pointer stretched Whitworth's lead to 40-27 with 2:24 to play in the period before the Bucs took a 42-34 advantage at the break.
Nate Olowo's jump shot pulled Pacific to within 51-44 with 15:36 to play. That is as close as the Boxers would get. Whitworth answered with a quick 7-0 run, including a College three-pointer, and the Pirates never led by less than ten points the rest of the way. A CJ Johnson layup with 2:04 to play gave Whitworth its first 20-point lead in the game at 84-64.
College went 8-12 from the field and 3-3 from three-point range to finish with 20 points. Hull was 7-11 from the floor and 4-6 from beyond the arc to score a career-high 19 points. He added four rebounds, four steals and four assists.
Roach scored 16 points and Ben Bishop finished with 11 to give Whitworth four players in double figures. Roach added five rebounds and four assists.
Davis Holly scored 17 points to lead Pacific and Olowo had 13 points and seven rebounds.
Whitworth swept the season series from the Boxers. The Pirates remain one game behind top-ranked Whitman in the NWC standings. Whitworth will complete this trip to Portland with a game at Lewis & Clark on Saturday night.