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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Despite putting up 82 points, the Whittier College Men's Basketball team had no answer for the duo of CooXooEii Black and Eric Jonas as Colorado College went on to pull off the 101-82 victory inside Reid Arena.
Whittier has now surrendered over 100 points to an opponent for the second time this season as they drop to 1-4. Colorado College moves back to .500 at 3-3.
Only two Poets were in double figures led by Conner Longmire (Tarzana, Calif.) who poured in 30 points on 11-of-25 shooting to go with nine boards. He was joined by Nick Potthoff (Phoenix, AZ) who added 16 points with nine of them coming from behind the arc. He also hauled in eight boards and registered a game high six assists.
Inside Kenyatta Louder (Compton, Calif.) put up nine points and also added six rebounds and a couple of assists and Journey Shank (Burbank, Calif.) and Jacob Aruta (Stockton, Calif.) each added seven points with Shank also tallying three dimes and three steals.
To start off the second half, Colorado College scored the first nine points that extended their lead to 21. Whittier cut the deficit to 11 with Longmire knocking down a jumper with 4:01 remaining but Colorado College answered with an 11-3 surge that put the lead at 93-74, which they would hold the rest of the way.
The first half featured runs on both sides. The Tigers held a 14-10 lead after an Acosta three-pointer, but after that Whittier scored the next eight points. Kyle Price (Rocklin, Calif.) sank two free throws and was followed by back to back triples from Shank and Aruta that swung the momentum giving WC an 18-14 lead.
CC stopped the run with a three-point play and that then ignited a 17-0 run by the Tigers that gave them a 31-18 lead with 8:41 remaining in the frame. Longmire ended the drought with a couple free throws and then a pair of three-pointers from the corner that pulled the Purple & Gold within five with 7:13 to go. After Longmire's 10 straight points, the Tigers responded with a run of seven in a row that gave them a 45-35 lead at the 3:08 mark, which they would add too to take a 53-41 lead into intermission.
Whittier shot 36% from the field and 27% from three-point territory. They were outrebounded 48-40 but forced 19 CC turnovers, turning them into 14 points.
Whittier returns to the court this afternoon, Saturday, December 1 with a non-conference bout with Johnson & Wales beginning at 4:00pm MT.