The Chapman men’s basketball team dropped its second game in a row and fourth in six games, falling to Redlands 62-59 in a game that went down to the wire.
The Bulldogs (6-17, 3-11) upset the Panthers (18-4, 9-4) by dominating the boards, outrebounding Chapman 41-25 and controlling the paint on both sides of the court.
Coming into the game, the 22nd-ranked Panthers looked to bounce back from a blowout loss suffered at home to Whittier. After the game, head coach Mike Bokosky said he hadn’t prepared the team properly for the Poets.
With a seven-day break between games, the Panthers had plenty of time to practice and prepare for the struggling Bulldogs who had lost nine straight games. Despite the extra preparation, Redlands overwhelmed Chapman with its physicality and extra effort on the boards.
Averaging 49 percent from beyond the arc on the season, the Panthers struggled mightily from the three-point range, shooting three-for-18 from downtown. On top of their three-point struggles, the Panthers were unable to contain the Bulldogs, failing to box out or defend the basket.
Yet even with the mistakes, Chapman had opportunities to tie the game in the closing moments. Down three with 22 seconds to go, the Panthers had multiple shots to send the game into overtime.
With their second straight loss, the Panthers faced a crucial game against California Lutheran 7:30 p.m. Thursday at home, winning 86-70.
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