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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's basketball team wrapped up a pair of tough match-ups Saturday afternoon upsetting No. 11 Texas-Dallas 91-86 inside of the Graham Athletic Center.
The Purple & Gold bounced back after a tough loss to Linfield College the night before and move to 1-1 on the season. They are averaging 94.5 points per game.
Nick Potthoff (Phoenix, AZ) led the offense finishing with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, which included a 4-of-7 mark from deep. Kenyatta Louder (Compton, Calif.) added 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists and Journey Shank (Burbank, Calif.) registered a solid night with 12 points, five dimes, two rebounds and a steal.
Whittier trailed a majority of the first half but finally went on top with 1:13 to play when Nick Colosi (La Mirada, Calif.) collected a steal and lay-up that moved the score to 39-38. Texas-Dallas responded with a triple that put them back on top by two but on the Poets final possession Shank would come up clutch with a three-pointer that gave the Purple & Gold a one-point lead at 42-41.
UTD would swing the momentum back in their favor right out of the break with a Jalen Weber layup. But that lead wouldn't hold as Whittier would go back on top with 16:00 remaining following eight consecutive points from Potthoff. After that WC never looked back earning leads as many as 10 on a couple of occasions down the stretch.
The Comets used a 7-0 run late in the contest to make one final push, capped off by a free throw by Michael Forster to cut the Whittier lead down to just two points, 75-73, with just under four minutes to play and would even get within a point just over a minute later after a Weber three-pointer. But the Poets closed the game out going 9-for-10 from the foul line to pull away.
Ahmad Young (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Colosi, and Nick Manor-Hall (Chino Hills, Calif.) each finished with eight points. Colosi also added six boards and Manor-Hall with four. Kyle Price (Rocklin, Calif.) inside played 15 minutes and finished with four points and seven rebounds.
Whittier shot well from the floor going 30-64 (47%) and were at a 48% clip from three-point territory. They won the battle on the glass 39-36, added 21 second chance points, 26 points in the paint, and added 14 points off turnovers.
Whittier returns to competition next weekend, November 22-23 when they travel back east to take on Washington & Lee (November 22 @ 4:00pm) and Southern Virginia (November 23 @ 1:00pm).