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Boxers split on northern road trip

BASKETBALL: Pacific men rout Whitman but fall to Whitworth on a weekend road trip

Pacific salvaged a split on its annual road trip to eastern Washington, pounding a struggling Whitman team last Friday but dropping a low-scoring affair against Whitworth on Saturday in Northwest Conference men's basketball action.

Pacific (3-10, 1-3) started the weekend in style, hammering Whitman 70-50 behind a balanced scoring effort. The Boxers' offense sputtered the following night, however, shooting just 33 percent from the field in a 61-44 loss to Whitworth.

The split gave Pacific a one-game lead over Whitman and George Fox heading into this weekend's homestand. The Boxers will host arch-rival Linfield on Friday and George Fox will come calling on Saturday.

Last Friday's game against Whitman (3-8, 0-4) was never particularly close. Pacific used a 20-3 run in the first half to build a 15-point halftime lead, and the Boxers never looked back. Whitman closed to within 10 points with 14:18 remaining, but the Missionaries hit just two shots from the field the rest of the way and Pacific pulled away.

Senior Joe Van Domelen led the Pacific offense with 20 points, with sophomore A.J. Gaulton scored 15 in his first start of the season. Garold Howe added 14 points and Donnie Harrison-Davis had 13 in the Boxers' first conference win of the season.

Pacific crumpled the next night under a stingy defensive effort from Whitworth (9-3, 3-1). The Boxers were 15 for 45 from the field and were outrebounded 45-24 by the second-place Pirates.

Whitworth led by as many as 15 points in the first half and Pacific would get no closer than 12 after halftime. A 13-3 second-half run gave the Pirates a 50-28 lead with just over 10 minutes to play.

Van Domelen was the only Pacific player in double figures with 17 points.

Friday's home game against Linfield will be 'Pack the PAC Night.' Children and community members wearing a shirt from their school or a jersey from their local youth team will be admitted free of charge.