Pirates hold off Wasps in D3hoops.com Classic finale

Ben College against Emory & Henry (Whitworth athletics photo by Stephen Flegel)
Ben College scored a team-high 23 points on Sunday vs. Emory & Henry and was named the D3hoops.com Classic men's basketball Most Outstanding Player.
Whitworth athletics photo by Steve Flegel
 

LAS VEGAS – Ninth-ranked Whitworth did just enough down the stretch to hold off Emory & Henry 87-80 in the finale of the D3hoops.com Classic on Sunday afternoon at South Point Arena. 

All times Eastern
Dec. 27
W:
Final
at Willamette 70, UW-Stevens Point 66
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W:
Final
Ohio Northern 65, at Carthage 57
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M:
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 93, Husson 51
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M:
Final
UW-Platteville 80, at Edgewood 57
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M:
Final
at Linfield 75, Ohio Northern 57
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Dec. 28
W:
Final
Gettysburg 78, at Buena Vista 60
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W:
Final
at Amherst 104, Westfield State 79
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W:
Final
Willamette 43, at Ohio Northern 41
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M:
Final
Ramapo 77, at Husson 75
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M:
Final - OT
at UW-Platteville 75, Johns Hopkins 70
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M:
Final
at Ohio Northern 63, North Central (Ill.) 61
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Dec. 29
W:
Final
Buena Vista 82, at Westfield State 76
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Amherst 59, at UW-Stevens Point 41
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W:
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Carthage 68, at Gettysburg 62
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M:
Final
Whitworth 76, at Johns Hopkins 74
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M:
Final
at Emory and Henry 72, Edgewood 64
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M:
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Linfield 83, at Ramapo 65
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Dec. 30
M:
Final
at Whitworth 87, Emory and Henry 80
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The Bucs improved to 10-1 thanks to 23 points from Ben College and a career-high 15 points off the bench by Kevin Crosno. 

Whitworth is now 7-1 in four appearances at the D3hoops.com Classic since 2010.

Despite a season-low eight points, Pirate All-American Kyle Roach went 4-4 at the free throw line over the final 53 seconds to help keep the Wasps (9-4) at bay. Whitworth built a 19-point lead early in the second half before E&H cut the margin to as close as five points in the final minute.

The Pirates never trailed, opening an early 10-4 lead thanks to consecutive 3-pointers by College and Jordan Lester.  Whitworth stretched the lead to 28-14 on Jared Christy's basket before the Wasps cut the margin to 34-26 on Daniel Spencer's three-pointer.  A Christy 3-pointer extended the Bucs lead back to 41-28 at halftime.

College's 3-pointer capped a 9-2 spurt for Whitworth to open the second half, giving the Bucs their largest lead of the game (50-31). E&H clawed back to within 63-54 with 8:42 to play when Jarris Hendricks was fouled making a three-pointer and converted the four-point play. Whitworth seemed to reestablish control by scoring the next six points to go up 69-54.  The Wasps again cut the margin to eight points with 1:30 to go after Spencer's three-point play and got within 85-80 with 31 seconds left.  Roach and College were a combined 6-for-6 at the free throw line over the final minute to secure the win.

"I thought today's game was a good learning opportunity for us," said head coach Matt Logie. "We learned more about how to play with a lead after we had a solid first half.  Emory & Henry is a good team and we knew they'd make runs at us."

Whitworth made 57% (29-51) of its shots, including 45% (9-20) from three-point range. The Bucs also went 20-23 (87%) from the free throw line.  However, E&H was able to stay close by outrebounding the Pirates 34-30, including a 15-5 edge in offensive boards.

Women's all-tournament team
Most outstanding player: Hannah Fox, Amherst
Amber Baehman, UW-Stevens Point
Lucy Barrett, Westfield State
Emma Dorshimer, Gettysburg
Britanny Kochenderfer, Willamette
Holly Schneider, Buena Vista
Rachel Szydlowski, Carthage
Abby Weeks, Ohio Northern

Men's all-tournament team
Most outstanding player: Ben College, Whitworth
Kashaun Barnes, Ramapo
Ryan Bruns, Ohio Northern
Grant Gibb, Linfield
Joey Kern, Johns Hopkins
Emil Radisevic, Edgewood
Connor Raridon, North Central (Ill.)
Quentin Shields, UW-Platteville
Tharon Suggs, Emory & Henry
Justin Thompson, Husson

Interview from Sunday: