Sublett Jr. sparks Bearcats to fifth-straight win

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Willamette pulled away from host Whitman in the second half on Friday to win a Northwest Conference men's basketball game at the Sherwood Center, 81-61.

The win was the Bearcats' fifth in a row as they improved to 10-2 overall and 4-0 in the NWC. Whitman fell to 4-10 and 1-4.

The potent Willamette offensive attack was too much for Whitman as the Bearcats shot 52.6 percent from the field. WU also converted 11 of 20 three-point shots.

The Missionaries remained close in the first half, tying the game at 26-26 before falling behind 37-30 at halftime.

Willamette came out hot early in the second frame behind the shooting of Harold Sublett Jr. He hit four jumpers and two free throws in helping the Bearcats extend the lead to 56-38 with 15 minutes to play.

The Missionaries shot well on the evening, making 24 of 55 shots, but reached the free-throw line only twice during the game. Willamette shot 12 free throws, making 10 of them.

Willamette had five players in double digits. Miles Sandgathe had 18, Ryan Hepp 16, Sublett Jr. 13, Brennan Garrelts 12, and B.J. Dobrkovsky 11. Hepp also added 10 assists.