McDevitt's 3, Clutch Foul Shooting Give Bearcats 61-54 Win at Pacific

FOREST GROVE - P.J. McDevitt's only basket of the night proved to be the game-winner Friday night, as the Willamette University men’s basketball team held onto first place in the Northwest Conference with a 61-54 win over Pacific Friday night at the Pacific Athletic Center.

McDevitt's three from the top of the arc capped off an evening that saw the league-leading Bearcats shoot 38 percent from three-point range. David Force led all scorers with 17 points and Josh Erickson had 11 as the Bearcats (12-5,7-1 NWC) outshot the Boxers 49 percent to 45 percent.

Erin Gram led Pacific with 16 points and five assists. B.J. Anderson finished with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Willamette led by as many as 12 in the second half before the Boxers went on a 10-0 run to draw within two at 39-37. Pacific took their only lead of the half on Tim Dougherty's lay-in with 7:12 left.

Erickson quickly responded with two jumpers, including a three-pointer, to build a six-point advantage. Gram cut it to three with his three-pointer with 3:18 left. Both teams remained scoreless until McDevitt's three at the 1:42 mark.

The Bearcats hit five of six free throws in the final minute to cap the road win.

In the first half both teams came of the gate sluggish, trading leads through the first 10 minutes. Ryan Rahlf's lay-in at the 11:32 mark opened a 12-11 Willamette lead.

Pacific tied it at 20-20 on Phil Burns' lay-in, but Harold Sublett Jr.’s short jumper with 4:12 left and a pair of hoops in the final minute by Rahlfs sparked a 12-5 run to give Willamette the 32-25 halftime edge.

The Bearcats won the battle of the boards, 31-23, led by Force’s seven and Miles Sandgathe’s six. Sandgathe also scored eight points.