Whitman Rallies Late To Beat Bearcats, 71-60

SALEM, OR — The Whitman Missionaries went on a 12-2 run late in the second half as they defeated the Willamette University men’s basketball team 71-60 in a Northwest Conference game Saturday night at the Cone Field House.

Whitman wins its second conference game of the season and now stands at 3-13 overall and 2-6 in the NWC.
The Bearcats — who played again without senior captain Harold Sublett Jr. — fall to 6-11 overall and 3-5 in the NWC.

After Michael Plank’s 3-pointer tied the game at 51-51, Whitman countered with 3-pointers from Kyle Born (25 points, 17 rebounds) and Ian Warner (seven points) to push the lead to six. Erik Kofler (15 points, six rebounds) scored on a put-back and the Bearcats lost for the second time in two nights.

C.J. Stuvland’s 15 points led four Bearcats in double figures. John Olinger scored 12 points and five assists. Todd Lewis scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Plank scored 10 points in 16 minutes.

The Bearcats held a 28-26 lead at half-time. Whitman shot 56% from the field to the Bearcats 33%. Both teams had 38 rebounds. Whitman hit 6 of 14 three-point shots while the Bearcats managed only 4 of 26 from beyond the arc.