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BUENA VISTA, VA – The Whittier College Men's Basketball team ended their trip back east Saturday holding off Southern Virginia 77-74.
With the win the Purple & Gold improve to 2-2, while the Knights dropped to 0-7.
Three Poets recorded double-digit scoring efforts led by Kenyatta Louder (Compton, Calif.) who poured in a double double with 19 points and 11 boards to go with two blocks, a steal and an assist. Off the bench Ahmad Young (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Kyle Price (Rocklin, Calif.) each added 13 points apiece, with Price also adding a double double with 11 boards.
Whittier trailed the entire 1st half and saw themselves in a trio of 10-point deficits (22-12; 26-16; 31-21). But across the final six minutes the Poets fought back with an 18-11 run, sparked by back-to-back triples from Louder and Rion Black-Hogins (Cupertino, Calif.), a tip-in from Nick Potthoff (Phoenix, AZ) and a Jude Agbasi (Los Angeles, Calif.) jumper and lay-in that cut the lead to three at the half.
So. Virginia started off the second half with an 8-2 run that moved the score to 50-41. But over the ensuing 7:29 WC would put together a 14-5 run that tied things up at 55-55. Whittier then claimed their first lead on a pair of free throws from Young.
With just under three minutes to play the Poets held their largest lead at 75-64. But with :30 seconds left a pair of Knight three-pointers would get So. Virginia within five and the game wouldn't end there. After a Whittier free throw, the Knights would get to the line and force a turnover that cut the deficit to two at 76-74. After a quick foul Whittier would split on their next two free throws giving So. Virginia a last second chance. But their three-point attempt would miss wide allowing WC to escape with the three-point victory.
Whittier shot 39.7% from the field and a mere 19.4% from three-point territory. They did though outrebound the Knights 53-28, earned 36 points from their bench, added 34 points in the paint and had 19 second chance points.
Whittier returns home the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 29 to host Dallas beginning at 2:00pm.