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Top-ranked Whitworth defeats Lutes 93-62

Bryce Miller / Photo by Bailey Plumb
Bryce Miller / Photo by Bailey Plumb

By Christian Bond, PLU Sports Information Student Writer

SPOKANE – Bryce Miller scored 19 points to lead Pacific Lutheran, but the Whitworth Pirates showed why they're ranked No. 1 in the nation as they defeated the Lutes 93-62 in Northwest Conference men's basketball action Friday night at Whitworth Fieldhouse.

Whitworth extended its unbeaten record to 16-0, while Pacific Lutheran fell to 10-6 overall and 3-4 in Northwest Conference play. The Pirates scored the first nine points of the game and hardly looked back as they built a 47-25 halftime lead.

"They are a very good team, however we did not compete the way I expected us too," PLU head coach Steve Dickerson said.

Miller had the most success of the night for the Lutes, making seven of his 11 shot attempts to score 19 points while grabbing nine rebounds. Freshman forward Jared Christy had 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists for PLU. The Lutes shot 34.4 percent overall in the game (21-of-61) and made 14 of their 16 free throw attempts (87.5 percent). Meanwhile George Valle and Kenny Love each scored 20 points for the Pirates as Whitworth shot 55.7 percent from the field (34-of-61).

Freshman guard Kasey Johnson led the Lute bench in scoring, as he dropped six points on a pair of three-pointers. Fellow freshman Tyson Birrer added five points off the bench for the Lutes.

"Kasey is from Colfax, so his whole family was here," Dickerson said. "Both he and Tyson were able to get in the game and compete. It's good to get the young guys in the game."

PLU will look you bounce backs against 16th-ranked Whitman Saturday at 6 p.m. in Walla Walla to close out the first half of the Northwest Conference schedule.

"The assignment for tomorrow is to dig down deep and figure out who we are," Dickerson said.