Men's Basketball

Poets win three straight; Beat Chapman 80-67

Poets win three straight; Beat Chapman 80-67

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

ORANGE, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Basketball team remains hot here in 2019 winning their third straight beating Chapman University on the road 80-67.

The Purple & Gold have now won three in a row, including back-to-back victories against Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) teams.  They move to 5-8, 2-2 SCIAC and currently sit 4th in the SCIAC Standings. 

Kenyatta Louder (Compton, Calif.) went off on the evening for a double double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.  He also added a pair of assists and a steal.  Conner Longmire (Tarzana, Calif.) was right behind him pouring in 18 points with eight boards in 27 minutes of action.  He was also 4-for-6 from deep.  Other support for WC came from Joey Toyama (Pasadena, Calif.) with nine points and Ahmad Young (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Nolan Black (Olympia, WA) who each added eight and a combined seven rebounds.

Journey Shank (Burbank, Calif.) added four points with four dimes and Nick Potthoff (Phoenix, AZ) registered a six point and four rebound effort.

Whittier shot 49% from the field, 80% from the charity stripe and 38% from behind the arc.  They won the battle on the glass 42-36 and turned the ball over just 11 times.  In the paint, Whittier held a huge 40-28 advantage and received 38 points from the bench.

The Poets jumped out in front quickly in the first half scoring the first six points with a layin from Shank and two jumpers from Louder.  They extended their lead to 15-7 on a triple from Longmire but CU would fight back with Cam Haslam and Chandler White pulling the Panthers within six. 

Later in the half, Longmire again connected from deep that pushed the Poet lead back to 11.  After a three-pointer from senior Jacob Aruta (Stockton, Calif.), CU strung together another run this time with nine unanswered to cut the Poet lead to single digits with two minutes to play.  Closing out the half, Whittier was able to swing the momentum back with Young answering from deep and Louder and Longmire adding layins that gave the Purple & Gold a 37-27 lead at intermission.

Louder got the Poets going in the second half with a quick triple a minute in, which was countered by a three-pointer from CU' Reed Nakakihara.  Chapman then used this to score the next five points to cut the deficit to six.  CU got within four a minute later and then the game turned into a back and forth battle from there.  With 13 minutes to go in the game, Longmire sparked a Purple & Gold run with another three-pointer, which led to Louder putting up three free throws, which extended the lead back to 11.  Whittier kept the run going scoring ten of the next twelve points, which was crucial and Young and Potthoff would tack on three free throws over the final minute that secured the victory.       

Whittier returns home this week for two games.  They begin with Pomona-Pitzer this Wednesday, January 9 at 7:00pm before taking on Caltech on Saturday, January 12 at 7:00pm.