Defending against the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen, sophomore Matt Heyd competes for the ball against the Regals’ Chad Acerboni on the Frantz Athletic Court on Feb. 9. The end result was a Leopard loss, 82-66. The Leopards also lost to Whittier College, 81-70 on Wednesday in their second match of the season. ULV will stay on the road to face Caltech tomorrow.
With only four games remaining before the conference tournament, the University of La Verne men’s basketball team was defeated by Whittier College Wednesday night at Dave Jacobs Court, 81-70 in their second meeting of the season.
On Jan. 19, the Leopards beat the Poets at the Frantz Athletic Court in La Verne, 82-57.
Senior forward Drew Terry led La Verne with a game high 21 points.
Senior Juan Canas had 11 points and junior Brendan Hallinan was right behind with 10 points.
The team stands at 9-12 overall and 3-7 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
Last Saturday, the Leopards lost to Cal Lutheran with a final score of 82-66.
In the beginning, the Leopards and the Kingsmen were evenly matched, scoring points right after one another, but Cal Lutheran pulled ahead, ending the first period 43-35 over La Verne.
The Kingsmen made 60 percent of their shots during the first half.
“They were pushing us around,” said Kyle Luhnow, forward for the La Verne men’s team.
“They are a physical team, and were using it to their advantage.”
Luhnow made four out of nine field goals total during that game.
The second period was not much better for La Verne, as Cal Lutheran pulled ahead with a 20 point lead at one point, ultimately winning, 82-66.
“We got two more games on the road, and we feel good about them too,” guard Matt Heyd said.
The Leopards have had a difficult time on the road, winning only one game out of the eight games they had played including none away from home in SCIAC play.
“In conference basketball, it’s tough on any level on the road,” head coach Rich Reed said.
“We don’t focus on that too much. We focus on the next practice, improve our game.”
Canas had 15 points to lead the Leopards, and both he and Terry had a game high of nine rebounds, compared to Kingsmen players Mychal Owens, who made 11 out of his 13 field goals, and Andy Meier, who made 10 out of 14 field goals and seven out of nine free throws.
La Verne was competitive on offense with a field goal percentage of 52 percent, compared to the Kingsmen’s 60 percent in the first period.
But the Leopards dropped to 42 percent in the second period and a dismal 16 percent in three point shooting.
La Verne will travel to Pasadena to face Caltech tomorrow for a match at 7:30 p.m. before coming back to play three games at home against Redlands, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Occidental.
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