Men's Basketball

Slow start hurts Poets in 85-71 loss to Dallas

Slow start hurts Poets in 85-71 loss to Dallas

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Basketball team got off to a slow start Friday in their return to the court following Thanksgiving break.  They were held scoreless across the first seven minutes and that proved the difference as they fell 85-71 to the University of Dallas.

The Purple & Gold fell behind 19-0 across the opening seven minutes and finally got on the scoreboard thanks to a three-point play the old fashion way from Ahmad Young (Sunnyvale, Calif.) at the 12:43 mark.  That sparked a 9-2 run that got the Poets offense going as they made a push later in the half stringing together ten unanswered that cut the deficit to three at 29-26.  Journey Shank (Burbank, Calif.) started the run with a lay-in and was followed by lay-ups by Nick Colosi (La Mirada, Calif.) and Nick Potthoff (Phoenix, AZ) and four free throws by Nick Manor-Hall (Chino Hills, Calif.).

A 9-1 run for Dallas pushed the lead back to double digits but with 1:34 to play Whittier was able to get a lay-up from Kenyatta Louder (Compton, Calif.) and three free throws from Rion Black-Hogins (Cupertino, Calif.) that moved the lead to seven at the break.

The Purple & Gold mounted a comeback in the second half putting up 38 points and getting within three at 43-40, but that's as close as they would get as Dallas would roll off 12 straight that increased the lead back to sixteen.  Another three-point play by Young would give WC some momentum at the halfway mark and Louder would knock down a triple that made it a 13-point deficit.  But again UD was able to put together nine of the next ten that put the game out of reach. 

Young led the Poets with 15 points off the bench, while going 5-for-7.  Louder put up 12 points along with Colosi, who also added three rebounds and four steals.  Potthoff finished with 10 points and eight boards and Manor-Hall chipped in with 10 points going 2-for-3 from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.  Shank ran the point and added seven points with five rebounds and three assists.           

Whittier shot 38% from the field and 25% from three-point territory.  They got outrebounded 40-33 and outscored in the paint 28-26.  They did though force 18 Dallas turnovers and put up 26 points off of them.  They also received 39 points from the bench.           

Whittier (2-3) has a short turn-around as they welcome in Maine-Presque Isle tomorrow, Saturday, November 30 beginning at 2:00pm.