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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Basketball team was knocked out of Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Post Season Tournament contention Wednesday night as they fell 85-65 to Claremont-M-S inside of the Graham Athletic Center.
The 65 points is the lowest offensive output by the Purple & Gold since November 29 when they lost 112-65 to UC Irvine. The Poets now drop to 10-14, 8-7 SCIAC.
The game was back and forth with a combined six three-pointers being added within the first five minutes, with three of them coming from Whittier, Victor Nwaba (Los Angeles, Calif.), Jake Moore (Dallas, TX), and Eric Davis (Ventura, Calif.).
CMS continued to light it up from the field going in front 16-11 at the 13:32 mark and poured it on from there going on an ensuing 13-4 run to increase their lead to 29-15. Davis and Reggie Dixon attempted to stop the run with a layin and a pair of free throws soon after but again the Stags would put together ten of the next fourteen points to move the deficit to twenty. Over the next two minutes WC would tack on five free throws but over the final 2:32 CMS would add four of their own along with a jumper that would move the score to 48-26 at intermission.
In the second half Whittier outscored the Stags 39-37 shooting 52% from the field and 36% from three-point territory with 10 points coming from Conner Longmire (Tarzana, Calif.) as he went 4-for-6 from the field in 12 minutes. The deficit got to as many as 27 at one point in the second half, which took the Poet faithful out of the game as the Stags were too much inside and out forcing WC out of the playoff hunt.
Nwaba led the Poets with 14 points and added six boards. Longmire finished with his 10 points, all coming in the second half and Davis and Louis Kurihara (Culver City, Calif.) added nine points apiece and combined for seven assists. Nick Potthoff (Phoenix, AZ) registered eight points and eight boards with a couple steals.
Whittier finished the game shooting 36% from the field and 26% from behind the arc. They were outrebounded 41-32 and turned the ball over 13 times, which led to 13 points.
Whittier wraps up their 2017-18 campaign next Tuesday, February 20 when they host Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 7:00pm. That evening Senior Night will take place along with Faculty Appreciation Night.