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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Basketball team put up 102 points Saturday afternoon in a lopsided 102-80 victory over the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
The Purple & Gold handed the Owls their second loss on their trip out West as they improved to .500 at 3-3. WC jumped out to an 18-4 lead across the first seven minutes with six points coming from Nick Potthoff (Phoenix, AZ) and another five from Ahmad Young (Sunnyvale, Calif.). A 7-2 run after that, highlighted with a triple from Nick Manor-Hall (Chino Hills, Calif.) stretched the lead to 25-8 and Whittier didn't look back as they would close out the first half on a 7-2 run highlighted by a two-handed jam from Nolan Black (Olympia, WA) down the lane.
UMPI came out of the half firing on all cylinders stringing together eight unanswered to get within 11. But an ensuing 15-2 run by the Purple & Gold would swing the momentum back to WC as they would extend their lead to as many as 29 with 7:42 to play. During the run, Kenyatta Louder (Compton, Calif.) added seven in a row, which included three lay-ins and Manor-Hall would put the finishing touches on an 8-0 run, with two lay-ins and a massive one-handed dunk down the lane that brought the Poet faithful to their feet.
Louder led all scorers with 23 on 9-of-14 shooting, while adding five rebounds, three assists and a steal. Potthoff chipped in with 20 points and six boards and Young barely missed out on his first career triple double as he totaled 13 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. He also had a game high four steals. Manor-Hall had his breakout game in his freshman campaign putting up 10 points and seven rebounds and Journey Shank (Burbank, Calif.) and Nick Colosi (La Mirada, Calif.) each added 10 points apiece and combined for five assists and nine boards.
Whittier was too much in the paint for the Owls outscoring them 62-34, while outrebounding them 47-29. The Poets shot a season high 58% from the field and 31% from three-point territory. They forced 17 UMPI turnovers and added 24 points off of them. The bench also added 36 points.
Whittier enters into Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) competition this Wednesday, December 4 when they host the university of La Verne beginning at 5:00pm.