WHITTIER, Calif. - Inside the Graham Athletics Center, Cal Lutheran and Whittier men's basketball faced off in a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) meeting between a pair of Purple and Gold teams. The visiting Kingsmen prevailed over the Poets, 98-69, to win the season series.
Whittier took an early lead, but midway through the opening frame Austin Cole hit a three-pointer to knot the teams at 27-27 and spark a 23-2 run that allowed the Kingsmen to swing the momentum en route to a 52-34 halftime lead. After the break, WC struck first and the 20 minutes were closer on the scoreboard, but CLU used its early advantage to maintain control and cruise to the final.
Thirteen players stepped on the court for the Kingsmen tonight. Overall, CLU took care of the ball, committing just nine turnovers, while forcing 15 that turned into 24 points.
Offensive Highlights: The Kingsmen put four players in double figures on a night when Cal Lutheran shot a hot 52 percent from the floor as a unit. Kenneth Moffett went 9-for-11 for a game-high 24 points followed by 20 from Cole, 18 from Wolfgang Wood and 13 from Kyle Ferreira. Additionally, Caleb Richey nearly notched a double-double with nine points and eight assists.
Defensive Highlights: Leading the way tonight at the defensive end was Blake Miles whose nine rebounds was the most for anyone from Cal Lutheran. Both Ferreira and Moffett came down with seven. Richey racked up three steals while Ferreira tallied two.
The Opponent: Whittier (8-10, 3-7 SCIAC) was led by Nick Potthoff with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Eric Davis also recorded 10 rebounds, which was a share of the game-high, and scored 16 points to each finish with a double-double. Connor Longmire dished out five assists and five different Poets players recorded a block. WC shot just 36.4 percent from the field as a team, and hit 10-for-33 from three-point range (30.3 percent). Whittier out rebounded CLU 46-44.
Cal Lutheran (13-6, 6-4) will play Pomona-Pitzer inside the Gilbert Arena on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 4:00 p.m. after the women host the Sagehens at 2:00 p.m. The men and women are teaming up to host a Leukemia Awareness Night in honor of CLU women's basketball alum Haley Bacon ('00) and her family as her husband Tyler, an avid CLU athletics supporter, battles the disease.
Box Score: CLU 98, WC 69
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