by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – Ben College splashed a school-record 11 three-pointers to lead the Whitworth Pirates to a 104-74 victory over the D'Youville Spartans.
The win was the fourth straight for the Pirates (7-1, 2-0 NWC), while D'Youville (4-3) dropped its second game in a row. Grant Beyer led the Spartans with 26 points.
"Ben really got us going offensively, especially in the first half," Whitworth head coach Matt Logie said. "Our guys did a great job finding him in transition and getting him the ball within the flow of the game."
The Pirates led for all but 35 seconds of the contest, with the Spartans only advantage coming on a jumper from Beyer that made the score 2-0. Whitworth then went on a 9-0 run, keyed by two College treys, and never lost the lead again.
Though they didn't regain the advantage on the scoreboard, D'Youville refused to go away in the first half, using a layup from Devon Camel to pull within one (32-31) with 6:08 remaining.
Whitworth responded with a 10-0 run after a timeout to take a 42-31 lead. College dropped in two threes during the run and Isaiah Hernandez scored the other four points.
After taking a 49-39 lead into the break, the Bucs buckled down defensively in the second half, holding the Spartans to 39 percent shooting after allowing 49 percent shooting in the first half.
"I was proud of the way we defended in the second half," Logie said. "We were able to get more energy on that end of the floor.
Chewy Zevenbergen opened the run that put the Spartans away in the second half. The sophomore post started a 10-2 spurt with a free throw and layup before Ben College added a three and a layup of his own. When Christy's bucket closed the run, Whitworth led 71-48 with 11:44 left in the game.
The Pirates finished the game shooting 48 percent (37-77) from the floor and 45 percent (17-38) from three. Whitworth was just two treys away from breaking the school-record for three-point baskets in a game.
Jer VanDuluitgaarden scored 13 points with 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double for the Spartans. VanDuluitgaarden and Will VanAuken each blocked two shots as well.
Monday's game was the third straight in which Whitworth eclipsed 100 points after a historic 123-98 win over Pacific (Ore.) and a 115-65 blowout against La Verne.
The Pirates will be back in the Fieldhouse for their annual alumni game on Sunday, Dec. 16. Their next official contest is Wednesday, Dec. 19 when they host Concordia Chicago.