Poets knocked out of SCIAC Post Season Contention

Poets knocked out of SCIAC Post Season Contention

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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 94-71 to No. 9 Pomona-Pitzer.

The Purple & Gold have dropped three of their last four and move to 9-15, 6-9 SCIAC, while Pomona-Pitzer clinches the SCIAC regular season title, while setting a program record for wins.

Both sides played neck and neck to start the first half, trading baskets.  Whittier jumped out in front 13-11 behind a­­­ Nolan Black (Olympia, WA) lay-in and a pair of free throws.  The Sagehens bounced back after that with six unanswered but that lead was given up again as Whittier would put together nine of the next thirteen points to go on top 24-23 behind a triple from Conner Longmire (Tarzana, Calif.), a jumper from Kenyatta Louder (Compton, Calif.), a layin from Kyle Price (Rocklin, Calif.) and a pair of free throws from Ahmad Young (Sunnyvale, Calif.).  After that Pomona-Pitzer strung together their own run this time with 12 straight capped off with a driving layup from Micah Elan, helping give the Sagehens a 48-37 lead at the break.

Pomona-Pitzer started pulling away in the second half putting up 46 points behind a strong effort from Daniel Rosenbaum who put up 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting.  Whittier was held to just 34 but had their chances.  They just couldn't stop the hot shooting of the Sagehens who pulled off the double digit victory at home. 

Longmire went off for 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting, which included a 4-for-8 effort from deep.  Louder put up a double double with 14 points and 10 boards and Journey Shank (Burbank, Calif.) and Black each added eight points apiece. 

Whittier shot 41.4% from the field and 28.6% from three-point territory.  The difference in the game was inside the paint with the Poets getting outrebounded 48-27 and outscored 40-22.           

Whittier wraps up their 2018-19 season next Tuesday, February 19 when they host Cal Lutheran University beginning at 7:00pm.