Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
TACOMA, Wash. – It was a tale of two halves on Friday night as the Pacific Lutheran University men's basketball team was unable to match the firepower of sixth-ranked Whitworth University down the stretch, falling 72-48 in a Northwest Conference tilt inside Olson Gymnasium.
The first half was a back and forth battle that featured 11 lead changes and six ties. Jared Christy picked up a double-double in the first half with the big man grabbing 11 rebounds and scoring 10 points in the opening 20 minutes with the host Lutes (11-11, 6-7 NWC) enjoying a slim 30-29 lead at the half.
"In the first half, we were fighting hard and moving good," Christy said. "Shots were falling. We have to try to maintain that throughout the game tomorrow."
The Pirates (19-3, 10-3 NWC) caught fire in the second half hitting 48.6 percent from the field, while going six-for-12 from beyond the arc. At the same time, a lid got put on the PLU basket. The team went six-for-25 from the field, hitting just one three in the half. The discrepancy allowed the Pirates to pull away with a 15-2 run midway through the half, turning a one-point lead with 12:47 remaining into a 14-point gap with just under six minute to go.
"There's not much you can do when you shoot 24 percent for the half," Steve Dickerson said. "They are a good team and we didn't play well."
Christy finished the game with a team-leading 14 points and 12 rebounds. Dylan Foreman rebounded well for the Lutes, pulling down seven boards while scoring six points and dishing out three assists. Brandon Lester went five-for-12 from the field, dropping 12 points with Kyle Sawtell grabbing four rebounds.
The Lutes host second-ranked Whitman College tomorrow with tipoff set for 6 p.m.