WALLA WALLA, Washington (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's basketball team couldn't slow down a hot-shooting Whitman College squad, this evening, Dec. 22, as the Missionaries shot over 58 percent from the floor en route to a 103-71 win at the Sherwood Center.
Whitman (6-3), coming off a 120-point performance in a win over Wells yesterday, showed no signs of slowing down this evening as it went 58.7 percent from the field, while connecting on 13 three's on the way to another 100-plus-point effort. The Sabres (6-5) shot a respectable 48.7 percent, including 57.1 percent in the second half, and still lost ground to the Missionaries by game's end.
Mike Keller and Josh Creed led the Sabres with 14 points apiece, while Alex Stecker added 10. Whitman's Jackson Clough led five players in double figures with 20 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 3-for-3 from downtown and 7-for-7 at the free throw line.
The Missionaries took a 49-32 lead into halftime after shooting over 56 percent from the field and added to it over the final 20 minutes by shooting 61.5 percent in the second half.
Despite shooting better in the second half, the Sabres didn't do themselves any favors after committing 12 second-half turnovers that led to 20 Whitman points at the other end. Marian made 24 miscues in all that led to 31 Whitman points.
The outstanding offensive performance marked the fourth 100-plus scoring effort for the Missionaries this season, falling shy of their season-high output of 129 points from a win over D'Youville in the season opener.
The Sabres will continue their 5-game road trip, returning home from Washington to prepare for a stiff road test at Benedictine, Jan. 3.
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