Henley's Three Pointer Lifts Pacific to First NWC Win Over Willamette

FOREST GROVE - Mison Henley's three-pointer with 17 seconds remaining brought Pacific back from a late five-point deficit, giving Pacific their first Northwest Conference win of the season, a 56-55 victory over Willamette in men's basketball action at the Pacific Athletic Center.

Henley's game-winner capped a game-high performance of 19 points on 8 of 11 shooting on a night that saw 12 ties and no more than a five-point lead for either team in the entire contest.

Drew Miller led the Bearcats with 13 points. C.J. Stuvland finished with 12 and Todd Lewis had 11 points and nine rebounds. Brennan Garrelts had eight points and eight rebounds.

The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Boxers (2-9, 1-2 NWC) and brought head coach Ken Schumann one win away from the 150-win plateau.

Willamette (5-9, 2-3 NWC) held a five-point lead with three minutes left before Krichevsky scored on the Boxers' next two possessions to tie the game at 53-53 with 51 seconds left. Lewis made up for missing a short jumper by hitting two free throws to give the Bearcats a 55-53 lead with 27 seconds left.

After a timeout, Krichevsky quickly moved the ball down the floor and found Henley in the corner for his game-winning three-pointer with 17 seconds left.

Willamette moved the ball to half court and called a timeout with 8.8 seconds left. The Bearcats got the ball to Henry Greeley, who missed a three-pointer and a subsequent jumper at the horn.

Pacific held the edge in a slow starting first half, but the Boxers never held any more than a four-point advantage in the period. The Boxers took their first four-point lead, 10-6, on an Anderson free throw at the 12:15 mark.

After the game's seventh tie, Willamette appeared to have the halftime edge when Jacob Baran hit a jumper with 24 seconds left for a 25-23 lead. Pacific set a play, however, and found Henley underneath the basket to tie the game at 25-25 at the break.

Willamette out-rebounded the Boxers 37-25 for the game, but the Boxers capitalized on 16 Bearcat turnovers while limiting themselves to six turnovers, a season low.

The Bearcats are off until January 28, when they play host to Whitworth.