LA VERNE, Calif. — Anthony White scored 10 crucial second half points, including the go-ahead bucket, and the La Verne men's basketball team overtook Occidental for a 74-70 win on Saturday at Sports Science and Athletic Pavilion.
The Leopards (8-4, 2-1 SCIAC) were down by as many as 17 points in the second half but kept chipping away, tying the game on a 3-pointer by Kendall McClain with 5:16 to go before edging into its first lead of the game with White's layup to make it 68-66 with 3:12 left.
The Tigers (8-4, 0-3) were in it until the end and had a chance to tie the game with the last shot of the game. But Oxy's Austin DeWitz was called for a charge driving in from the left block with about four seconds remaining and White sank a couple of free throws to ice the game for La Verne.
La Verne made its move midway through the second half. Trailing by 12 with less than 11 minutes left, the Leopards went on a 21-4 run to flip the table. Arnold pitched in nine points during the stretch and McClain hit the 3-pointer—his only basket of the game—to tie the game at 66.
Hakim Arnold posted a double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for La Verne. Cruz Mertens added 13 points off the bench with four 3-pointers. La Verne caught up in the second half with 56 percent shooting and finished 48 percent overall.
Oxy's Andrew Johnson led all scorers with 32 points and added six rebounds and four assists. Joe Compagno had 13 points and four assists.
The Leopards are back in action on Tuesday at home against Pomona-Pitzer.