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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Basketball team ended their six game losing skid Thursday evening as they edged Chapman University 78-73 inside of the Graham Athletic Center.
Whittier improves to 9-13, 4-10 SCIAC, while Chapman drops to 10-13, 5-9 SCIAC.
The Purple & Gold were poised for a lopsided win as they got out of the gates quickly. They added 10 straight with three free throws and a triple from Louis Kurihara (Culver City, Calif.), and layups from Anthony Martinez (Norwalk, Calif.) and Jordan Lingard (DU, Australia). Kurihara came up with another strike from deep that moved the lead to 13-4 and Nick Potthoff (Phoenix, AZ) would keep the momentum going adding a deep three himself.
Another seven within a minutes time would stretch the lead to 25-11 after a layup from Martinez, a triple from Potthoff, and a jumper from Eric Davis (Ventura, Calif.).
But an ensuing 13-3 run by the Panthers would bring them right back into the contest as they pulled within four at 30-26 at the 7:59 mark.
Minutes later CU would add another nine that deadlocked the game at 35-35 and they would continue to hold on as they would take a 43-39 lead into the break.
Lingard added a quick layup to start things off in the second half. During a stretch of seven unanswered, Potthoff would add a couple layups that gave WC back the lead at 50-47. Chapman would pull within two as Rob Nelsen would add a layup himself but Whittier would come up with a big run of 14 straight that gave them a large enough advantage, which proved to much to overcome for the Panthers.
They continued to scrap and claw their back but the Poets would have an answer shot for shot as they would sink six free throws over the final minute that secured the victory.
Whittier shot 46% from the field with Kurihara finishing with a game high 22 points on 5-of-9 shooting, which included a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. He also had six boards and a couple assists. Potthoff added 12 points with seven rebounds, while Lingard missed out on a double double as he added 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Poets outrebounded Chapman 41-33 for the game and added 30 points in the paint. They also had 17 second chance points and added 12 points off turnovers.
Whittier returns to the court for their final home game tomorrow night, Saturday, February 18 as they host Redlands during PAC the GAC beginning at 7:00pm.