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Whitworth avenges loss, beats Claremont-M-S to advance to second round

Ross Nakamura scored 22 points in the Pirates' win over Clarmont-Mudd-Scripps (Photo: KHQ) Ross Nakamura scored 22 points in the Pirates' win over Clarmont-Mudd-Scripps (Photo: KHQ)

SPOKANE, Wash. - Whitworth head coach Jim Hayford's 200th win could not have come at a better time for the Pirates.  His team beat Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Thursday night to advance to the second round of the NCAA D-III National Tournament.

The 81-63 win avenged Whitworth's loss to C-M-S earlier this season.

Ross Nakamura scored a game-high 22 points for the Pirates, and helped his team pull away after a nail-biting first half.  The game was tied in the final seconds of the first half, when Bo Gregg found David Riley, who knocked down a 3-point shot at the buzzer.

The Pirates turned on the offense in the second half, outscoring Claremont 39-23 on the way to the win.

Riley ended the game 12 points, including 3-of-6 from the 3-point line.  Nate Montgomery added 16 points and 10 rebounds.  Nakamura held the Stags' First Team All-SCIAC guard Jason Toney to just four points on 2-of-10 shooting.

Whitworth advances to the second round of the D-III playoffs.  They'll play at Puget Sound in Tacoma on Saturday.
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