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REDLANDS, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Basketball team opened up Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play Wednesday night on the road in a physical contest, which ended in a victory for the University of Redlands 69-64.
A combined 57 fouls were called over the 40:00 minutes and 66 free-throws were attempted. The Purple & Gold erased an 18-point deficit late in the first half but couldn't complete the comeback as they fall on the season to 1-6, 0-1 SCIAC. They have now lost four in a row.
Redlands got out in front quickly 12-3 and then 21-8 with 13:40 to play in the half. Seeing the margin climb to 16, Whittier went on a 12-0 run to close out the period. Kenyatta Louder (Compton, Calif.), Journey Shank (Burbank, Calif.) and Ahmad Young (Sunnyvale, Calif.) started things off with six free throws and then Louder and Nick Potthoff (Phoenix, AZ) would end the run with back to back triples that cut the deficit to six.
Shank kept the Poets in the game early in the second half with a pair of free throws and a three-pointer that cut the lead to four. But after that, UR pulled away with seven in a row. Young, who returned from an injury stopped the spurt with a three-point play the old fashion way that kept the deficit in single digits. Redlands bounced back with another seven straight that stretched the lead back to double digits and despite frantic pushback by the Poets, it was wasn't enough to top the Bulldogs on the road.
The final push by Whittier came with 7:20 to play where they strung together ten unanswered with three free throws, a Shank three-pointer and layins by Jacob Aruta (Stockton, Calif.) and Nolan Black (Olympia, WA). This got WC within three at 57-54. A Louder lay-up with 3:05 to play made the score 60-58 and then Nick Colosi (La Mirada, Calif.) would answer with a lay-up that tied things up at 60-60.
Shank tied things up again on the Poets next possession with a layup but after that five in a row by UR, which included three free throws would secure the win.
Whittier shot 33% from the field and 18% from three-point territory. They were outrebounded 48-39 but won the battle in the paint 22-18. They were also 20-for-30 (68%) from the free throw line and earned 17 points off turnovers.
Shank had his breakout game of his career finishing with 17 points to go with two assists and four steals. Louder added another double double with 13 points and 10 boards and Young and Potthoff each registered 11 points apiece. Off the bench, Black added seven points and three rebounds in 15 minutes of action.
Whittier returns to non-conference play this Saturday, December 8 when they host Johnson & Wales beginning at 5:00pm.