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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's basketball team ended their three-game losing skid Saturday night as they held off Chapman University 78-69 inside of the Graham Athletic Center.
Conner Longmire (Tarzana, Calif.) was deadly from deep leading the Poets with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting, with nine of them coming from deep. He also hauled in five boards. Kenyatta Louder (Compton, Calif.) added another double double with 12 points and 10 boards, while Ahmad Young (Sunnyvale, Calif.) came off the bench to add 11 points.
Chapman got out in front quickly grabbing a seven-point lead within the first four minutes (7-0). They then led 10-4 at the 14:14 mark but saw that advantage slip away as Whittier strung together nine in a row with Longmire connecting from deep along with a layin, while Louder and Toyama were able to connect inside. This gave Whittier a 15-12 lead, which they wouldn't relinquish. Longmire and Toyama extended the Poet lead to seven with back to back three-pointers a few minutes later and then over the final two minutes of the half Louder and Jacob Aruta (Stockton, Calif.) teamed up to answer from deep helping give WC a 36-25 lead at intermission.
Things got worse for the Panthers in the second-half with the Purple & Gold grabbing a lead as many as 15. They managed to chip away at the deficit getting within five with 9:10 to play. But down the stretch, Whittier was able to overcome the pushback thanks to Longmire who put up seven in a row that moved the score to 62-54. He then returned with 4:48 to play to give Whittier some cushion converting an and one and Shank sealed the win with a triple at the 3:01 mark, while Young went 3-for-4 from the free-throw line.
Whittier shot lights out going 49.1% from the field and 45.5% from three-point territory. The rebounding was deadlocked at 30-30 but Whittier won the battle in the paint 34-16, while adding 43 points from the bench.
Whittier looks to carry this momentum into Wednesday, January 30 as they travel to take on the University of La Verne beginning at 7:00pm.