Spokane, WA – The D'Youville men's basketball team began their West Coast trip on Monday evening with the host Whitworth Pirates taking the game 104-74.
"Today's game showed ma a lot about our team; we are good enough to compete with the best teams in the country, as we did for the first 28 minutes, but we need to learn how to finish those games," said head coach Earl Schunk.
Sophomore forward Grant Beyer (Williamsville, NY/St. Joe's) scored a career high 26 in the victory with six rebounds as Jeremy VanDuluitgaarden (Verona, NY/Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) grabbed his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The ninth ranked Pirates were out early over the Spartans at 14-9 following a VanDuluitgaarden made layup. Whitworth would extend their lead to nine several minutes later, but a Beyer three would made it a two-point game at 24-22 nearly half way through the half.
D'Youville would draw even closer as Beyer drilled another three to make the score 30-29 in favor of the Pirates. Whitworth would then go on a 13-2 run to pull away from the Spartans with 4:11 remaining in the half. Some sharp shooting from the outside would put the Pirates up by 10 as they went into halftime leading 49-39.
With the second half underway, the Spartans began to fall behind as their deficit grew to 16 after nearly two minutes of play. That lead grew to 21 with 12:38 remaining in the game with Whitworth pulling away from D'Youville.
As the game progressed, the Pirates continued maintain their sizable advantage and extend their lead even further. At the end of regulation, the ninth ranked team in the nation defeated D'Youville 104-74.
"We were also victimized by one of the best shooting performances I've seen in my 40-years plus of coaching," said coach Schunk." We got down early because Whitworth made their first 10 shots and still fought back to within a point throughout much of the first half. For us to do that against a top-ten team nationally like Whitworth bodes well for the rest of the season."
Whitworth saw one of their players go 11-17 from three, scoring 37 points overall. They shot 48.1% from the field and 44.7% from three in the game.
As for the Spartans, Devon Camel (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) scored 12 points with Kyle Ebert (Lake View, NY/Frontier) and Brian Nwaekeke (Corona, CA/John F. Kennedy) each recording four rebounds off the bench and Latrell Butler (Olean, NY/Olean) grabbing his first career board. Trey Boling (Tonawanda, NY/St. Joe's) scored his first two points as a Spartan with Jagdeep Drumgoole (Rochester, NY/Early College) adding a pair of points as well.
Jake Socha (Tonawanda, NY/Niagara Catholic) added four points and six rebounds in his first start of the season while Will VanAuken (Caledonia, NY/Caledonia-Mumford) scored eight points with five rebounds. Simeon Heard (Rochester, NY/Charles Finney) scored a pair of points with Brian Sharp (Newark, NY/Newark) and Jake Funderburk (Amherst, NY/Amherst) each saw quality minutes in the game.
The Spartans will play their final game out west on Wednesday, December 12 as they play against Lewis & Clark at 10:00pm.