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DAYTONA, FL – The Whittier College Men's Basketball team put up 92 points Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Mauro Panaggio Tournament at the DME Sports Complex but it wasn't enough to pull off the win as they fell 108-92 to host The College of Brockport.
This afternoons meeting was the first between the two institutions men's basketball programs. Whittier drops to 2-5 on the young season, while Brockport moves to 7-2.
Whittier has now hit the 90-point plateau for the third time on the season and have hit 92 points in back-to-back contests.
The Poets tied the game early at 6-6 following back-to-back triples from Conner Longmire (Tarzana, Calif.) and Louis Kurihara (Culver City, Calif.) but couldn't get out in front as the Golden Eagles would never relinquish the lead after that using an 8-0 run moving the score to 14-6. Nick Potthoff (Phoenix, AZ) attempted to keep WC in striking distance with a layup and three-pointer but another 8-3 run by the Golden Eagles would again extend the advantage back to eight.
An ensuing six straight with Reggie Dixon (Oxnard, Calif.) adding a layup and free throw followed by Joey Toyama (Pasadena, Calif.) who followed suit would pull the Poets within two at 26-24. Jacob Aruta (Stockton, Calif.) added an and one soon after with 9:38 to play but over the next couple of minutes Brockport used an 11-4 run to go on top 40-31 before taking a slight 52-47 lead into the break.
In the second, the Poets were outscored 56-45 but got help from Kurihara who added 10 points with nine coming from deep. But WC couldn't stop the high powered offense of the Golden Eagles who shot 62% from the field and 71% from deep, which included a 17-point effort from Hamed Shamseldin.
Victor Nwaba (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the offense with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting and was a rebound shy of a double double with nine. Kurihara finished with 17 with four assists and Dixon added a 14-point, seven rebound effort off the bench in 21 minutes of action.
Overall the Poets shot 40% from the field, including 41% from long range. The difference came inside where the Purple & Gold were outrebounded 46-40 and were outscored in the paint 56-32.
Whittier wraps up the two-day tournament, tomorrow, Monday, December 18 when they take on St. Joseph's (ME) at 12:00pm EST.