Whitworth Gets by North Central

Photo courtesy Texas Powers
Photo courtesy Texas Powers

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Kyle Roach scored 22 points to lead Whitworth University to a 75-72 win over 12th-ranked North Central College in a non-conference men's basketball game at Moanalua High School.

The Pirates improved to 4-0 while the Cardinals dropped to 1-2.

Whitworth took its largest lead in the first half at 44-32 with 2:16 to play in the period.  North Central rallied to go up 69-68 with 2:29 to play in the game on a jumper by preseason All-American Alex Sorenson.  Ben Bishop answered with a basket and a free throw for the Bucs, and after a defensive stop, Jordan Lester hit a pair of free throws to increase the margin to 73-69 with 15 seconds to play.  Whitworth clinched the win on a steal by Jared Christy and layup by Ben College with five seconds to go.

Bishop finished with a season-high 17 points for the Pirates, Christy added 14 and six rebounds. Lester totaled 12 points and five assists.  Roach went 8-14 from the field, including 4-6 from three-point range.  Whitworth made 27-55 (49%) from the field and 33% (6-18) from three-point range.

Sorenson led NCC with 19 points, while Blaise Meredith had 17.  Erwin Henry scored 16 and grabbed eight boards.  The Cardinals shot 25-54 from the field (46%).

Whitworth will finish off its trip to Hawaii with a game against Arcadia on Saturday.