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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Basketball team put up 87 points Saturday night inside of the Graham Athletic Center as they rolled Westcliff University 87-62 in an exhibition contest.
The Purple & Gold were led by junior Nick Potthoff (Phoenix, AZ) who put up 17 points, going 3-for-7 from deep, while adding nine boards playing 27 minutes. Conner Longmire (Tarzana, Calif.) also added three triples on the evening as he finished with 15 points, while also grabbing nine rebounds. He also registered four assists and two steals. Sophomore transfer Ahmad Young (Sunnyvale, Calif.) found himself in the starting lineup and he added 12 points, going 5-for-8 from the field.
New big Nolan Black (Olympia, WA) played tough inside coming off the bench playing 23 minutes adding 14 points and six boards.
Whittier finished shooting 48% from the field and was at a 35% clip from behind the arc. They won the rebounding effort inside 43-30 and added 20 points off of 17 Warrior turnovers. Inside the paint they added 20 points and tallied 14 second chance points.
Westcliff University gave the Poets a tough test early with Harris Arghandiwal going off for eight points within a minutes time to give the Warriors a 10-8 lead. Black and Kenyatta Louder (Compton, Calif.) would put together six of their own to swing the momentum towards the Poets but again the Warriors would put together five straight to again go on top 15-14 at the 12:09 mark.
Soon after Potthoff went off with a layin and jumper before connecting from deep that put WC on top 21-18. Westcliff tried to stay close at 21-19 but Young would take over with a jumper and a three-pointer that moved the advantage to seven.
An 8-2 run right after capped off with five straight from Longmire moved the score to 34-23. Westcliff made a push right before the half with an 8-4 run that cut the deficit to six but with time expiring, Journey Shank (Burbank, Calif.) would drain a deep three giving WC a 42-33 lead at the break.
In the second half, Whittier outscored the Warriors 45-29. An early 17-5 run opened the door for the Poets as they continued to go inside and outside. Brian Cabagnot tried to keep Westcliff in the game with back to back triples late but an 8-2 run over the final 2:00 minutes would secure the lopsided victory for the Poets.
Whittier opens their 2018-19 season next weekend, November 16-17 as they travel to the Pacific Northwest to take on George Fox University and Whitworth University.