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DENVER, CO – The Whittier College Men's Basketball team suffered their third straight loss Saturday afternoon as they fell 99-87 to Johnson & Wales wrapping up their trip to Colorado.
The Purple & Gold now drop to 1-5, while Johnson & Wales remains perfect on the season at 5-0.
Whittier started off strong in the first half shooting 55% from the field and a 44% clip from behind the arc to give the Wildcats all they could handle. Kenyatta Louder (Compton, Calif.) posted 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting over the first twenty minutes and was supported by Conner Longmire (Tarzana, Calif.) who added 10. WC fell behind early 11-4 but came back with Kyle Price (Rocklin, Calif.) throwing down a two-handed jam followed by Journey Shank (Burbank, Calif.) connecting on back-to-back layins that cut the deficit to two.
JWU stretched the lead back seven at the 11:20 mark after a 6-0 run. But again Whittier was able to stay within striking distance this time with Nick Potthoff (Phoenix, AZ) and Louder converting three-point plays that made the score 27-24. After a missed three-pointer from the Wildcats, Longmire came down on the Poets next possession and connected from deep that tied things up with 7:00 minutes to play in the half.
Louder then took over with a jumper that tied things up for a second time and then put down a dunk that gave WC a 31-29 lead. JWU would tie things up again soon after but Longmire and Louder would add a pair of layins and a three-pointer that would give Whittier a 38-33 lead with 3:03 to play. Price would then go one for one at the free throw line that stretched the lead to six. But over the final 2:14, the Wildcats would outscore WC 12-5, which included a buzzer-beater that gave them a 45-44 lead at intermission.
The Poets opened the second half with a pair of three-pointers from Louder that gave them back the lead at 45-40, but that would be the final advantage WC would hold as JWU would rattle off a 13-0 run that swung the momentum.
Louder finished with a double double of 26 points and 10 boards. He was 11-for-15 from the field, which included a 3-for-4 mark from downtown. Longmire added 15 points, four boards, with two assists and two steals. Shank at the point added eight points with four assists and Potthoff chipped in with a double double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Whittier shot 49.3% from the field and 34.6% from three-point territory. They held the advantage on the glass at 45-43 and forced 12 turnovers turning them into 13 points. They received 23 points from the bench and added 42 points in the paint.
Whittier returns to the court this Wednesday, December 5 when they open up Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play on the road against the University of Redlands. Tip-off set for 7:00pm.