Farnsworth Leads Whitworth Over Lewis & Clark - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Farnsworth Leads Whitworth Over Lewis & Clark

SPOKANE, Wash. – Taylor Farnsworth led five Whitworth players in double figures as the 3rd-ranked Pirates rolled to an 89-70 win over visiting Lewis & Clark in a Northwest Conference men's basketball game on Friday night.

Whitworth improved to 19-1 overall and 11-0 in the NWC with its 19th straight victory. The Pioneers saw their six game winning streak come to an end and fell to 13-7, 7-4.

"We really focused on tightening up our execution this week in practice and our guys carried it over well to the game," said Whitworth head coach Matt Logie.

Farnsworth helped the Pirates rebound from a slow start by making all seven of his field goal attempts in the first half for 14 of his game-high 22 points. Dexter Pierce helped the visitors jump to an early lead by making his first four attempts from the three-point line. One of those gave L&C a 13-8 lead, its largest of the game. After the Pirates pulled into a 20-17 lead on a Wade Gebbers jumper, Pierce hit back-to-back treys to give the Pioneers their final lead of the game at 23-20 with twelve minutes to go in the half.

But Whitworth would outscore L&C 26-10 the rest of the first period. Colton McCargar got hot off of the bench, hitting three three-pointers of his own to spark the Bucs to the strong finish to the first period. Whitworth blistered the nets for 74% (20-27) in the first half and outrebounded L&C 14-5.

The Pirates opened the second half with a 9-4 run to grab a 55-37 advantage on a Gebbers three-pointer. Lewis & Clark never threatened after that as Whitworth opened several leads of 20+ points over the rest of the half.

Farnsworth finished the game 10-12 from the field and 2-2 from the free throw line for his 22 points. McCargar finished with 16 points while George Valle scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half. Dustin McConnell finished with 11 and Zach Payne scored ten. Whitworth cooled off only a little in the second half, finishing the game with a 64% shooting percentage (35-55) from the field.

"Our offensive efficiency tonight was the best of the season so far," Logie said. "Taylor was terrific on the inside and that just opened so many things up for other players. Colton again came in again and gave us an offensive spark as did Zach."

Pearce led L&C with 17 points and James Hollins scored 14. Whitworth controlled the boards, outrebounding the Pioneers 35-17.

The Pirates will try to pick up their 20th victory in a row and clinch at least a tie for the Northwest Conference championship when they host Pacific on Saturday night.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • NEW INFORMATION: High Drive brush fire believed to be human caused

    NEW INFORMATION: High Drive brush fire believed to be human caused

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:58 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:58:17 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash.- Tuesday evening the Spokane Fire department announced they had a likely cause for the High Drive brush fire: humans. The fire broke out Monday afternoon about 3pm on the west side of Spokane's South Hill between Qualchan Golf Course and High Drive. By 6pm it had grown to 30 acres and moved to within 75 yards of several homes on High Drive.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- Tuesday evening the Spokane Fire department announced they had a likely cause for the High Drive brush fire: humans. The fire broke out Monday afternoon about 3pm on the west side of Spokane's South Hill between Qualchan Golf Course and High Drive. By 6pm it had grown to 30 acres and moved to within 75 yards of several homes on High Drive.>>
  • PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-07-26 04:07:59 GMT
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.>>
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.>>
  • WILDFIRE WATCH 2014: DNR tackling new wildfire near Tonasket

    WILDFIRE WATCH 2014: DNR tackling new wildfire near Tonasket

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:03:06 GMT
    TONASKET, Wash.- The Department of Natural Resources says they are battling a new wildfire northeast of Wauconda and Tonasket. The fire broke out on Tuesday, July 29th and is called the "Torado Mountain" wildfire. DNR crews are attacking this fire from the ground and air.
    >>
    TONASKET, Wash.- The Department of Natural Resources says they are battling a new wildfire northeast of Wauconda and Tonasket. The fire broke out on Tuesday, July 29th and is called the "Torado Mountain" wildfire. DNR crews are attacking this fire from the ground and air.
    >>
  • College SportsCollegeMore>>

  • WSU Football Announces Practice Schedule

    WSU Football Announces Practice Schedule

    Washington State University Head Football Coach Mike Leach and the Cougar football team open fall camp Saturday, Aug. 2, with an 2:30 p.m. practice at Sacajawea Middle School in Lewiston, Idaho.>>
    Washington State University Head Football Coach Mike Leach and the Cougar football team open fall camp Saturday, Aug. 2, with an 2:30 p.m. practice at Sacajawea Middle School in Lewiston, Idaho.>>
  • EWU Football Adds Texas Tech Clash In 2017

    EWU Football Adds Texas Tech Clash In 2017

    Eastern Washington University head football coach Beau Baldwin will forever remember his first trip to Lubbock, Texas, and now his Eagles will make a second trip to play at Texas Tech on Sept. 2, 2017 in an announcement made jointly by the two schools...>>
    Eastern Washington University head football coach Beau Baldwin will forever remember his first trip to Lubbock, Texas, and now his Eagles will make a second trip to play at Texas Tech on Sept. 2, 2017 in an announcement made jointly by the two schools...
    >>
  • Pippins Hang on for 8-7 Win Over Sweets

    Pippins Hang on for 8-7 Win Over Sweets

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:48:01 GMT
    The last time the Yakima Valley Pippins traveled to Walla Walla, the Sweets rallied for nine runs in the final three innings to shock the Pippins in an 11-10 defeat. Tuesday night, lightning almost struck twice, but the Pippins buckled down to secure an 8-7 win over the Sweets in the series opener.>>
    The last time the Yakima Valley Pippins traveled to Walla Walla, the Sweets rallied for nine runs in the final three innings to shock the Pippins in an 11-10 defeat. Tuesday night, lightning almost struck twice, but the Pippins buckled down to secure an 8-7 win over the Sweets in the series opener.>>
  • WhitworthWhitworthMore>>

  • Local Basketball Teams Praised By NABC For Excellence

    Local Basketball Teams Praised By NABC For Excellence

    A trio of local University basketball teams have been named among the best academically by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) on Wednesday, July 23.>>
    A trio of local University basketball teams have been named among the best academically by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) on Wednesday, July 23.
    >>
  • Whitworth Unveils New Basketball Court at Fieldhouse

    Whitworth Unveils New Basketball Court at Fieldhouse

    The Whitworth basketball teams will have a nice new court to play on at their Fieldhouse this season and SWX's own Sam Adams was fortunate enough to christen the hardwood by playing a game of horse with the Pirates' mens team head coach, Matt Logie.>>
    The Whitworth basketball teams will have a nice new court to play on at their Fieldhouse this season and SWX's own Sam Adams was fortunate enough to christen the hardwood by playing a game of horse with the Pirates' mens team head coach, Matt Logie.
    >>
  • Whitworth Names Demant as New AD

    Whitworth Names Demant as New AD

    Tim Demant, a professional with more than 15 years of experience leading small-college athletics departments, has been selected as the new director of athletics at Whitworth University>>
    Tim Demant, a professional with more than 15 years of experience leading small-college athletics departments, has been selected as the new director of athletics at Whitworth University>>