SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth University men's basketball team returns to non-conference play this weekend as the Pirates prepare to take final exams December 11-14. Whitworth will host the University of La Verne on Saturday afternoon at 1:00, then the Bucs will take on D'Youville College (N.Y.) on Monday night at 7:00 pm. KSBN radio will carry both games with the pregame show airing 15 minutes prior to tip off.
Watch the Whitworth men's basketball schedule for other live links to this week's games.
The Pirates: Whitworth opened its Northwest Conference schedule with double-digit home victories over Willamette and Pacific (Ore.) last weekend. The 11th-ranked Bucs improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the NWC.
After falling behind Willamette 7-1 early in the game, Whitworth rebounded to take a 44-3 halftime lead. The Pirates went on to defeat the Bearcats 86-69 in the conference opener for both teams. Whitworth shot better than 50% from the field in both halves and the Pirates were also 50% from the three-point line in each period, finishing 8-16 from beyond the arc. Four players scored in double figures and two others finished with nine points in the balanced effort. Kyle Roach led the way with 17 points and seven assists. Jordan Lester had 12 points, while Garrett Hull came off the bench for 11. Jared Christy led all players with 10 rebounds. The win was the Bucs' 18th in a row over Willamette.
Whitworth tied the school record for most points in a game during a 123-98 victory over Pacific (Ore.) on Saturday evening. Overcoming the high-pressure style the Boxers employ, the Pirates beat the press enough times to set a school record for most assists (41). Whitworth committed a season-high 24 turnovers, but the Pirates shot 68.5% and led by double digits almost the entire second half. Ben College scored 24 points, while making 6-11 three-pointers, and dished a career-high nine assists. Roach added 22 points, on 9-12 shooting, and added six assists. Lester finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Ben Bishop went 8-8 from the field and scored 17 points. Sam Lees came off the bench for 14 points, while Christy matched his career-high with 17 rebounds. Whitworth extended the winning streak over Pacific to four in a row.
The Opponents: The University of La Verne is looking to rebound from a 1-24 season in 2017-18 with a rebuilt roster this winter. The young Leopard squad is 1-4 overall and they lost their Southern California Intercollegiate Athletics Conference opener to Occidental 77-73 on Wednesday night. Richard Reed is in his 12th year as the head coach at ULV. Freshman Sinai Enoch leads the team in scoring (13.4 ppg) and makes 40% of his three-point tries. Senior forward Evan Gustafson adds 13.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest. Whitworth defeated La Verne 95-73 last November in Spokane in the season opener for both schools and the Pirates are 3-0 against the Leopards under Matt Logie.
D'Youville College, from Buffalo, N.Y., will make its second trip to the Northwest in the last five seasons. The Spartans are 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, the team's best start under 8th-year head coach Earl Schunk. DYC earned a 72-69 road win at Franciscan (Ohio) on December 1st and the Spartans will host La Roche (Pa.) in a conference contest on Saturday before flying west. Jeremy VanDuluitgaarden, a 6-6 senior guard, is averaging 19.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Junior guard Simon Heard adds 11.6 points and 6.2 rebounds. Following the game at Whitworth on Monday evening, the Spartans will play at Lewis & Clark in Portland on Wednesday before flying home. In November of 2014 D'Youville opened its season with a 104-49 loss at Whitworth.
National Ranking: The Whitworth Pirates are ranked 11th in the latest (Dec. 3) D3hoops.com poll, up three spots from the previous week. Whitworth has appeared in 152 D3hoops.com regular season polls and has been ranked in 51 regular season polls in a row, currently the longest streak in Division III.
Tied, not broken: Whitworth tied the school record for most points in a game in the 123-98 victory over Pacific (Ore.) on December 1st. That total tied the mark set during a 123-66 victory over Northwest College (now Northwest University) on November 17, 1987. The Pirates had two good chances to break the record in the final minute of the Pacific game, but a pair of layup attempts rolled out of the basket. A basket on either of those shots would have also broken the school record for highest team shooting percentage in a game. The Pirates made 69% (40-58) of their shots in a game against Whitman in 2009-10. The 123 points are the most scored by Whitworth since a 120-86 win at Redlands on December 6, 2002.
NWC Preseason Poll: Whitworth is second in the 2018-19 Northwest Conference coaches poll. The Pirates received four first place votes and 60 points, trailing only defending champion Whitman (5 first place votes, 61 points). Whitworth is aiming for a 13th consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III tournament.
Baker's Dozen: With its win at George Fox last February 9th, Whitworth extended its school record for consecutive seasons with at least 20 victories to 13 in a row in 2017-18. Prior to this current streak, the most 20-win seasons in a row the Pirates had ever had was two (on three different occasions). Only Wooster (OH), with 21, has a longer run of consecutive 20-win seasons in NCAA Division III men's basketball.
More Than A Decade of Dominance: Since the beginning of the 2005-06 season (13+ years) the Pirates are 320-59 (.844), an amazing run of success matched by few other college teams at any level. Within the Northwest Conference, Whitworth has won 148 of its last 160 (.925).
Home-Sweet-Home: Whitworth has been stellar in the Whitworth Fieldhouse since the 1990's. During the decade of the 1990s and 2000's Whitworth won more than 84% of its home games. But since the beginning of the 2005-06 season, the Bucs are 162-16 (.910) at home.
The Pirates have had two home-court winning streaks of more than 40 games since 1990. A 41-game home court winning streak from early 2009 until December of 2011 was the second-longest in Pirate history. The school record for consecutive home victories is 43, beginning during the 1994-95 season and ending during the 1997-98 season.
Road Warriors: As good as Whitworth is at home, the Pirates have been almost as good away from the Whitworth Fieldhouse during Matt Logie's tenure as head coach. Since the start of the 11-12 season, Whitworth is 82-17 (.828) away from home, 62-12 (.839) in true road games.
The Main Man: Kyle Roach, now in his third season as a starter, was the 2017-18 NWC Player of the Year and an NABC Division III first team All-American. Last season Roach became the 28th player in Whitworth history to surpass 1,000 career points and he has 1,251 points in his career. He is currently averaging 18.0 points and 5.0 assists per game and making 51.4% of his shots.
Roach averaged 18.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists last season and he hit the game-winning three-pointer in the Pirates' NWC tournament championship victory. He scored a career-high 45 points on February 6, 2018 vs. #1-ranked Whitman, one game after he had 39 points in the Pirates' win at Lewis & Clark on February 3rd. He was the NWC Player of the Week twice in 2017-18 – on January 8th and February 5th.
As a sophomore in 2016-17, Roach finished fourth in the NWC in scoring average (15.9 ppg) while making 54.1% of his field goals (5th in the NWC) and 43.3% of his three pointers (6th in the NWC). Roach also finished second on the team in rebounding (5.2 rpg). He earned second team All-NWC recognition and was the league's Student-Athlete of the Week twice (Nov. 28, Dec. 26) in 2016-17.
Bull's Eye Ben: Ben College is off to a great start this season, averaging 20.0 points per game (fourth in the NWC). He scored 29 points in back to back wins over Whittier and Trinity earlier this season. Currently making 46.2% of his three-pointers, College is next in line to join Whitworth's 1,000 career-point club with 788.
College had a big shooting year in 2017-18. He made 45% of his shots from three-point range, including a 9-13 effort against Gallaudet on November 17th and a 6-10 night in the NWC tournament final at Whitman. College was second on the team in scoring average (16.5 ppg) and scored a career-high 31 points in a win over Gallaudet on November 17, 2017. College was an honorable mention All-NWC selection in 2018.
College finished second in the Northwest Conference in three-point field goal percentage as a freshman in 2016-17, making 46.5% of his shots from beyond the arc. He was 40-86 from long distance and his best game came on December 9th against Covenant College when he went 6-8 from three-point range and scored 28 points.
Chairman of the Boards: No player in the Northwest Conference has accumulated more rebounds over the last four seasons than Jared Christy. He has battled through injuries to average 9.3 points and 10.2 rebounds (first in the NWC) per game so far this year.
Christy came to Whitworth last season after spending two years Pacific Lutheran and earned his second consecutive second team All-NWC honor. He averaged 12.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and led the Northwest Conference in double-doubles (10). His 17 rebounds in the win over George Fox on January 13, 2017 were the most for any Whitworth player since Nate Montgomery had 18 boards in a win at Puget Sound on Feb. 28, 2009.
Christy earned second team All-NWC recognition as a sophomore in 2016-17 at PLU after leading the league in rebounding by a wide margin (11.2 rpg). He added 13.8 points per contest. Christy is from Spokane and played high school basketball at Ferris.
Got the Point?: Jordan Lester has returned to the role of starting point guard in 2018-19. He is averaging 12.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game. His assist-to-turnover ratio is 1.6.
The redshirt junior transfer from Robert Morris (Pa.) averaged 15.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game before injuring his knee in the ninth game of the season in 2017-17. At that time he led the league in assists and was third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.31). He missed a triple-double in Whitworth's win over Gallaudet on November 17 by a single assist.
Stepping Up: Garrett Hull stepped in as Whitworth's starting point guard on December 29, 2017 after an injury to Jordan Lester. Hull received 2018 honorable mention All-NWC consideration with an average of 10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He also led Whitworth in steals per game (2.2). Hull scored a career-high 24 points in Whitworth's win at George Fox on February 9th and he posted back-to-back double-doubles in the NWC tournament. Hull came to Whitworth after playing two seasons for the Community Colleges of Spokane.
Bishop's Move: Ben Bishop is in his second season as Whitworth's starting post player and he once again leads the NWC in field goal percentage (76.0) while posting 8.3 points per contest.
In 2017-18 he ranked second in the NWC in field goal percentage (62.2). Bishop averaged 8.5 points per game and scored a career-high 18 points on November 24th against North Central (Ill.) and matched it on February 9th at George Fox.
On the Air Again: Whitworth's 2018-19 games will once again carried live this season on KSBN 1230am in Spokane. The relationship between Pirate athletics and KSBN goes back to 1994, a span of 24 years. Bud Nameck is in his third season as the voice of Whitworth basketball. The co-host of 920 KXLY radio's Morning News, Nameck has more than 30 years of experience calling college basketball at Gonzaga University and Washington State.
Coming up next: Following final exams, Whitworth will host Concordia-Chicago on November 19th before taking a break for the Christmas holiday.
The Coach: Matt Logie leads NCAA Division III in winning percentage by active coaches with at least five years of experience. Logie heads into the 2018-19 season with a record of 173-29 and a winning percentage of .856 over his first seven seasons at Whitworth. He also accomplished what no other coach had ever done in NCAA Division III history – win 100 games in his first four seasons as a head coach. He is a three-time NWC Coach of the Year honoree, earning the award in 2012, 2014 and 2015. He is 113-14 against the NWC, counting games from the conference tournaments. Logie has guided several players to post-season honors in his seven seasons. In 2018 Kyle Roach was named to the NABC Division III All-America team and selected as the NWC Player of the Year. In 2016 Kenny Love and Christian Jurlina each earned First Team All-Northwest Conference recognition for the third time in their careers, joining a small list of players in league history to accomplish that feat. Love also earned All-Region recognition in 2017 and was the NWC Player of the year and a Third Team All-American in 2015. George Valle was selected as the NWC Player of the Year and a Third Team All-American (NABC) in 2016. Logie has been a finalist for the Glen Robinson Division III men's basketball Coach of the Year award twice in his career (2016 and 2013).
Logie previously worked eight seasons as an assistant coach at Lehigh University (Pa.), his alma-mater. He also spent a season as an assistant coach at Kent State. In 2010 Logie was named as the top Patriot League Assistant Coach in men's basketball in a Foxsports.com Coaches Poll and in 2011 he was recognized as one of the top 50 assistants in Mid-to-Low Major college basketball by Hoopscoop on-line magazine. Logie is originally from Mercer Island, Washington where he won a pair of state basketball championships while playing for his grandfather, Ed Pepple, a legend in Washington's high school ranks who won 952 games and four state titles in 49 years of coaching.