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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Basketball team fell "short" Thursday evening inside of a packed house in the Graham Athletic Center 83-63 to the Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer.
The Purple & Gold were mismatched inside and no test for the giants of Pomona-Pitzer being outrebounded 55-40, which proved the difference in the loss. Whittier now drops to .500 at 8-8, 3-5 SCIAC, while Pomona-Pitzer improves to 10-6, 6-1 SCIAC.
Whittier proved a tough match-up for Pomona-Pitzer early as they went back and forth in the first half. Jordan Lingard (DU, Australia) sparked the Poets early with and an one converting the three-point play the old fashioned way and was immediately followed by Louis Kurihara (Culver City, Calif.) who drained one deep as well that gave WC an 11-9 lead.
Nick Potthoff (Phoenix, AZ) then came alive soon after and knocked down back to back three-pointers that sparked the Poet Pit, which then deadlocked the game at 17-17 with 12:23 to play.
Whittier hung around and took another lead at the 9:23 mark as Conner Longmire (Tarzana, Calif.) would knock down a huge three ball giving WC a one point lead 24-23 but again it wouldn't hold as the Sagehens would rattle off six unanswered that opened up the game to a five point deficit.
Jake Moore (Dallas, TX) ended the run with a corner pocket three-pointer that got Whittier within two with 4:10 to play and Anthony Martinez (Cerritos, Calif.) would add one of two free throws that cut it to one but over the final 2:36 Pomona-Pitzer would add a 7-0 run that gave them a 36-28 lead at the break.
Things got out of hand in the second half as Whittier would get outscored 47-35, while turning the ball over seven times. At the 5:59 mark PP held an advantage of 21 points and outscored the Purple & Gold 34-14 in the paint.
Kurihara led the Poets with 15 points and had six boards. Potthoff finished with 12, with four triples and eight rebounds and Chris Kapano (Los Alamitos, Calif.) would register 10, while shooting 50% from the field.
Whittier travels into Los Angeles this Saturday, January 28 as they take on Occidental College with game time set for 7:00pm.