Men's Hoops has Upset Bid Fall just Short against #8 Whitworth

Men's Hoops has Upset Bid Fall just Short against #8 Whitworth

Thomas Wisecup scored 17 points and Kennedy added 13, but it was eighth-ranked Whitworth hanging on in the end for a 90-80 victory against Buena Vista in a game played at Whitman College.

The Beavers trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half before cutting that deficit down to four seven minutes into the second half.  It was still a four-point contest midway through the period, but that was as close as BVU could get.

Whitworth came back with a three-pointer to make it a seven-point margin, and the Pirates maintained that cushion the rest of the way.  Owen Statlander drilled a three-pointer to make it 88-80 with 45 seconds left but a pair of late free-throws secured the double-digit win for the Pirates (7-1).

BVU never led in the contest and fell behind 22-9 early on as Whitworth set the tone with six three's on its first eight field goals.  The Pirates finished the contest shooting 11-of-21 from long range (52.4 percent).

The Beavers cut the deficit down to 25-20 on a jumper from Canyon Hopkins who finished with a career-high seven points off the bench.  Back-to-back three's from the Pirates pushed it back to an 11-point margin before they extended it to 38-22 with 3:46 left in the opening half.

BVU used a 13-6 spurt to close the first 20 minutes and get within single digits at 44-35 at the break.

Wisecup was 5-of-13 from the field in the game, while making a career-high five free-throws (5-of-5).  He also grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists and had two steals. 

Drey scored nine of his 13 points in the second half and was 5-of-12 shooting overall.  Sophomore Connor Winkelman came off the bench and made 4-of-5 field goal attempts en route nine points.  He was second on the team with five boards.

The Beavers shot 41 percent from the floor and held a 31-15 edge in bench points.

Whitworth was paced by Kenny Love's game-high 20 points, as all five starters scored in double figures for the Pirates.

Buena Vista will wrap up its holiday break trip out to the great Northwest on Saturday afternoon with a 5:00pm CST tip-off against second-ranked and host Whitman College (7-0).  The game is also the final regular season non-conference game this season for BVU.