Cattell scores 19 points in return; Boxers fall at number 18 Whitworth

SPOKANE, washing Despite an incredible first-half shooting, the Pacific University men’s basketball team dropped to No. 18 Whitworth 88-72 as the Northwest Conference leaders walked away with their fourth straight win.

The Boxers (5-10, 1-5 NWC) enjoyed a very good night of shooting overall, finishing just under 50% that night. Pacific made 10 of their 24 three-point attempts, but struggled on the glass when they lost the rebounding battle 25-36.

Whitworth (13-2, 6-1 NWC) showed why they were the best team in the conference while prevailing despite an excellent shooting display from the Boxers. The hosts were even more efficient than Pacific, with a 56.1% field goal percentage. The Pirates had four different players finishing in double digits and three players finishing with nine points. Jake Holtz and JT McDermott led the way with 15 points each.

Jared Cattell (Senior/Bremerton, WA) had a great game on his return to the lineup, leading the Boxers offensively with 19 points on 7-of-14 shootings. The senior made four three-pointers, befitting his season high.

Jacob Bolger (Junior/Portland, OR) was very efficient as he scored 17 points while going 8-of-12 from the floor. The attacker also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Also reaching double digits was Mario Mora (Senior/Bend, OR) Four shots from beyond the arc en route to 16 points in the night.

point guard Lucas Winkler (Freshman/Portland, OR) had a good overall performance with nine points, five boards and four assists on just one turnover.

How it happened

The Boxers had a strong opening to the game, leaping out to a 20-8 lead behind six early runs from Bolger. Mora, Cattell and Winkler would each take down a three-ball while Pacific extended their lead to 12 points after 11 minutes. Whitworth would make four turnovers in the opening nine minutes, a testament to the Boxers’ pressure on the defensive end. Pacific’s six offensive rebounds at this point would lead to six second chance points.

The hosts would respond with a 12-2 run to narrow the lead to just three points. Antoine Stitt (Senior/San Leandro, CA) finally ended the scoring drought by hitting a tough fade-away jumper. Mora made two more shots from past the arc before Stitt tripled himself as the Boxers began to find their shot.

Cattell started to catch fire towards the end of the half when he scored 11 consecutive runs, three shots from center, followed by a disputed jumper in the paint. He finished the first half with 14 points to his name. The Boxers would finish the half with 20-36 (55.6%) from the floor and 9-17 (53%) from the three-point range. Despite this incredible shooting game, Pacific only had a four point lead (50-46) going into the break.

Two Boxer starters also ran into problems early on as Bolger and Winkler each picked up their third foul before the halftime whistle.

Whitworth quickly tied the score early in the second half and forced Pacific timeout. The problems would get worse for the Boxers when Bolger and Trevon Ridley (Freshman/Murrieta, CA) had four errors with more than 15 minutes to play.

Without Pacific’s attackers on the field, the hosts were able to put together an 8-0 run to take the lead. Winkler finally got the Boxers back on track by scoring on back-to-back possessions.

The two teams would trade baskets and the Pirates would maintain their healthy lead for most of the second half. Just as Pacific saw a way to get back into the game, Ridley picked up his fifth foul and sent him to the bench.

The Boxers were unable to recover and the nationally ranked Whitworth would sail to their fourth straight win.

By the numbers

  • Pacific hasn’t won in Spokane since 2017.
  • Both teams had double figures in the match.
  • Whitworth scored 40 points in the paint.

Next one

Pacific will play their third game of the week as they head to Tacoma, Washington to face Puget Sound on January 21 at 8pm

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