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WHITTIER, Calif. – Despite the Whittier College Men's Basketball team putting up 98 points Friday night, it wouldn't be enough to top the Bruins of George Fox University who pulled off the 108-98 victory during the Bruin Classic.
The Purple & Gold move to 0-1 to start their 2018-19 season, while George Fox moves to 1-0.
For the game, there were six ties and 15 lead changes as Whittier shot 52% from the field, 41% from three-point territory and 76% from the charity stripe. But even with this efficiency, the Bruins were even better shooting 56% from the field, 57% from behind the arc and 70% from the free throw line.
Kenyatta Louder (Compton, Calif.) put up a triple at the 16:05 mark giving WC a 15-13 lead and was joined by Ahmad Young (Sunnyvale, Calif.) soon after who added a triple himself that kept Whittier in front. Young put up another three-pointer three minutes later that stretched the Poet lead to 23-19 and Ryan Mendez (Whittier, Calif.) and Journey Shank (Burbank, Calif.) added a 6-0 spurt that moved the deficit to four with 7:48 to play in the half.
The Bruins though weathered the storm and fought back to regain the lead behind a Ryan Lacey triple before taking a 49-46 lead into the half.
George Fox came out firing in the second half outscoring the Purple & Gold 59-52 behind a 73% clip from the field and a 70% effort from behind the arc. Young tried to keep the Poets in striking distance with 13 points over 17 minutes of action in the second period but the offense by GFU was too much as they would run away with the win.
Young finished with a team high 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting with five boards, three assists and two steals. Louder added 17 points, knocking down four three pointers, while hauling in four boards as he earned his way into the starting lineup.
Shank put up a career high 14 points with four rebounds and six assists playing 28 minutes at the point and Joey Toyama (Pasadena, Calif.) provided a 14-point effort as well with five dimes. Off the bench, Jacob Aruta (Stockton, Calif.) had a night playing 27 minutes, providing 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting with four rebounds and three blocks.
Nick Potthoff (Phoenix, AZ) was the only starter in single digits with nine but added a team high eight rebounds and was 4-for-9 from the field.
Whittier has a short turnaround as they take on Whitworth University tomorrow, Saturday, November 17 beginning at 1:00pm.