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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Basketball team lost the battle on the glass Sunday afternoon as they fell 86-72 to Occidental College inside Rush Gymnasium.
The Purple & Gold now drop to 2-7, 0-2 SCIAC, while Occidental remains unbeaten on the season at 8-0, 2-0 SCIAC.
Ahmad Young (Sunnyvale, Calif.) who returned from injury played 24 minutes and added 24 points with four boards and an assist. He was joined in double figures by Kenyatta Louder (Compton, Calif.) who added 17 points with eight rebounds and two blocks. Journey Shank (Burbank, Calif.) who ran the point provided a nice stat line with 10 points, two assists and three steals and Nick Potthoff (Phoenix, AZ) chipped in with eight points, seven boards and three assists.
The first half was tight in the early stages until the 12:47 mark when Oxy rattled off seven straight to lead 14-7. Louder added a jumper and three free throws soon after to keep it a four-point game but that's as close as WC would get as the Tigers would use a 14-3 run to take a 46-29 lead into the break.
Out of intermission, Young added the opening six points that made the deficit 11 but again Oxy would respond with another seven straight to go on top 53-35. Young tried to get a rally going for the Purple & Gold late with back to back triples but the deficit was too much to overcome as Oxy would continue winning the battle on the boards to grab the home victory.
Whittier was held to 30% shooting and 26% from behind the arc. They were outrebounded 56-38 and were outscored 46-22 in the paint. Oxy earned 21 second chance points and held a lead as many as 23, which came at the 8:52 mark in the second half.
Whittier returns to non-conference play tomorrow, Tuesday, December 18 when they host Hanover College beginning at 5:00pm.