Bucs Drop Second Straight, Falling at Home to George Fox - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Bucs Drop Second Straight, Falling at Home to George Fox

Posted: Updated:

By Whitworth University Athletics

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spencer Bolte came off of the bench for 22 points to lead visiting George Fox to an upset of third-ranked Whitworth on Saturday night in the Whitworth Fieldhouse, delaying the Pirates' drive toward a fourth straight outright Northwest Conference men's basketball championship.

Whitworth dropped a second straight NWC game to fall to 20-3 overall and 12-2 in the conference.  The Bruins improved to 14-9, 8-6 and greatly improved their chances of qualifying for the league's post-season tournament.

The Pirates never led as George Fox hit 57% (16-28) from the floor in the first half on the way to a 37-29 lead at halftime.  Jason Martin's layup gave GFU a 22-10 lead nearly ten minutes into the game.  Whitworth closed to within 33-29 when Colton McCargar hit one of two from the free throw line, but Anthony Sanchez scored inside and Sean Atkins canned a pair of free throws in the final minute to give the Bruins their eight-point lead at the break.

Wade Gebbers' three-pointer early in the second half pulled Whitworth within 47-42, but Bolte answered with a three of his own.  Leading 53-46, George Fox used a 7-0 run to re-open a double-digit advantage with just under 12 minutes to play.  The lead would hover around ten points most of the rest of the half.  The Pirates tried to use full-court pressure to get back into the game and when Dustin McConnell drained a three pointer with 38 seconds left Whitworth had pulled within 83-77.  But Bolte made 5-6 from the free throw line in the final 35 seconds to keep the Bucs at bay.

Bolte scored half of his points from the free throw line where he went 11-14.  Grant added 20 points while Sanchez scored 19, including four three-pointers.  Atkins finished with 12 points and seven rebounds as GFU out-rebounded Whitworth 34-30.

McConnell scored 19 points and grabbed six boards to lead the Pirates.  Taylor Farnsworth scored 17 points, while McCargar and Gebbers each scored 13.  George Valle finished with ten.

The Bruins ended a 15 game losing streak to Whitworth.  The Pirates suffered a second straight NWC loss for the first time since January of 2009, a string of 78 games.

Whitworth will get its next shot at claiming the outright NWC crown next Friday at Linfield.  The Pirates are trying to become the first NWC school with four straight undisputed league titles since Whitman from 1927-30.

  • College SportsCollegeMore>>

  • SWX-6 List: Top Six WSU Football Players From Former Cougs

    SWX-6 List: Top Six WSU Football Players From Former Cougs

    With Washington State University's Crimson and Gray spring football game right around the corner, SWX's Michelle Dapper reached out to a handful of former Cougar stars to get a list of the top-six WSU football players of all time.More >>
    With Washington State University's Crimson and Gray spring football game right around the corner, SWX's Michelle Dapper reached out to a handful of former Cougar stars to get a list of the top-six WSU football players of all time.More >>
  • WSU Adds Californian Signal Caller to Class of 2015 Commits

    WSU Adds Californian Signal Caller to Class of 2015 Commits

    The Washington State University football team has added Upland High School (Upland, Calif.) quarterback Tyler Hilinski to its list of class of 2015 commitments.As reported by Yahoo's Rivals.com...More >>
    The Washington State University football team has added Upland High School (Upland, Calif.) quarterback Tyler Hilinski to its list of class of 2015 commitments.As reported by Yahoo's Rivals.com...More >>
  • Eagles 2010 FCS Championship No. 5 Moment in Big Sky's Top 50

    Eagles 2010 FCS Championship No. 5 Moment in Big Sky's Top 50

    Eastern Washington University’s sensational run to the 2010 NCAA Division I Football Championship has been selected as the fifth-best moment in the 50-year history of the Big Sky Conference, the league announced Thursday, April 24.More >>
    Eastern Washington University’s sensational run to the 2010 NCAA Division I Football Championship has been selected as the fifth-best moment in the 50-year history of the Big Sky Conference, the league announced Thursday, April 24.More >>
  • WhitworthWhitworth UniversityMore>>

  • Boxers Knock Whitworth Softball Out of NWC Tournament

    Boxers Knock Whitworth Softball Out of NWC Tournament

    The Whitworth softball team was knocked out of the Northwest Conference Tournament after Pacific (Ore.) defeated the Pirates 4-3 at Del Smith Stadium on Saturday.More >>
    The Whitworth softball team was knocked out of the Northwest Conference Tournament after Pacific (Ore.) defeated the Pirates 4-3 at Del Smith Stadium on Saturday.More >>
  • Wakem Slam Powers Whitworth to Win

    Wakem Slam Powers Whitworth to Win

    Thomas Wakem hit a grand slam with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to lift visiting Whitworth to an 8-6 win over Willamette on Saturday afternoon in the finale of a Northwest Conference baseball series at John Lewis Field.More >>
    Thomas Wakem hit a grand slam with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to lift visiting Whitworth to an 8-6 win over Willamette on Saturday afternoon in the finale of a Northwest Conference baseball series at John Lewis Field.More >>
  • Whitworth Softball NWC Tournament Results

    Whitworth Softball NWC Tournament Results

    The Whitworth University softball team suffered a 3-2 loss to second-seeded Pacific (Ore.) in the Northwest Conference Tournament, hosted by Linfield College, on Friday afternoon.Pacific took a 1-0 lead after a Rachel Roberts single allowed Becca Moen to score for the Boxers.More >>
    The Whitworth University softball team suffered a 3-2 loss to second-seeded Pacific (Ore.) in the Northwest Conference Tournament, hosted by Linfield College, on Friday afternoon.Pacific took a 1-0 lead after a Rachel Roberts single allowed Becca Moen to score for the Boxers.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.