Richland High product Colton McCargar poured in a career-high 26 points to lead Whitworth to an 86-67 victory against Emory University on Saturday in the NCAA Division III national tournament second round.
McCargar, a 2010 Bombers graduate, made 10-of-14 shots from the field, including 6-of-9 from behind the 3-point line.The victory puts the Pirates (26-3) into the Sweet 16 against Mary Hardin-Baylor (24-5) next Saturday at a time and location to be determined.
Whitworth never trailed against Emory, and the game was only tied once — and that was 90 seconds in. By the time McCargar hit his first 3-pointer, the Pirates were on top 17-6 and they led 42-30 at halftime.
Emory pulled within 71-61 with just under five minutes left when McCargar was fouled, and an ensuing technical on Emory’s Jake Davis resulted in his ejection. McCargar made four consecutive free throws to break it open.
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McCargar’s previous career high was 21 points, set last week in a win over Redlands.
Whitworth defeated Mary Hardin-Baylor 70-61 earlier this season. This is the Pirates’ fifth trip the Division III Sweet 16 in program history.
Seattle Pacific 72, Western Washington 70: Jobi Wall made a 28-foot 3-pointer with .03 seconds left to lift the Falcons (25-3) past the Vikings (27-2) in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title game at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey.
With the Vikings lead 70-69, Richard Woodworth missed two free throws and SPU’s Riley Stockton grabbed the rebound with eight seconds to go.
SPU then tried to feed the ball to Wall, but the pass was deflected. Wall retrieved it near halfcourt, took a dribble and launched his game winner.
Western Washington came in ranked No. 2 in the country, while Seattle Pacific was No. 3.
The Falcons earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Division II national tournament with the win. The Vikings are all but assured of a berth as well.