“We really just had to step it up,” Taylor said. “You can’t lose games (in conference) this early. We got the seniors back in there and got it back to the basics. “It got kind of out of control there for about four minutes. We tried to go one-on-one too much.” Whittier’s Raphael Farlough led all scorers with 22 points. Brandon Robinson had 14 points for the Poets and Tim Fanning scored eight. The game was tied 26-26 at halftime even though the Poets trailed by as many as 10 points (24-14) in the first half. Neither team shot well in the half. Whittier made only 10 of 24 shots for 41.7 percent; CMS was even worse, making 9 of 25 for 36 percent. The Poets (6-7, 0-2) quickly took a four-point lead at the outset of the second half, but CMS tied the game 33-33 with 13:59 to play. Back and forth it went until the Poets opened their biggest lead, 48-40, with 6:43 left. The Stags kept their composure, and once they got Whittier into overtime, they had all the momentum. Robinson had a chance to win the game for the Poets in regulation, but came up short on a 14-footer at the buzzer. Robinson also had a chance to tie the game in overtime, but his 3-point attempt missed at the final horn. “We had two or three opportunities, but we didn’t execute,” Carter said. “That’s the bottom line. We’ve lost a couple of games this season at the end like this because we don’t execute. “We didn’t set screens, we didn’t take the good shot.” CMS out-rebounded Whittier 38-34 and each team had 13 turnovers. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2213 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaBut the Stags, thanks in part to the late clutch play of Miles Taylor, forced the Poets into overtime. And that was that. “We were actually just hoping to get a split, and we had an opportunity to win both of them,” Carter said. “So that even doubles the frustration. “But you know, our guys compete. They play hard. We still have a lot of basketball to play. It’s the old cliche; take it one game at a time. But we have our work cut out for us.” Taylor scored 15 points and had a game-high 16 rebounds for CMS. Emanuel Maceira scored 18 points for the Stags, who are 8-5 overall and 2-0 in conference, and John Parsons scored 11. Taylor scored two clutch baskets down the stretch in regulation that were crucial in helping CMS get to overtime. But the Poets, after losing a close game at defending champion Pomona-Pitzer on Wednesday, lost Saturday at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 60-57, in overtime. Making things worse, Whittier led by four points late in both games. Saturday, the Poets, after leading by as many as eight at 48-40, still led 48-44 with 3:45 to play. CLAREMONT – Whittier College men’s basketball coach Rock Carter wasn’t greedy when he set his goal for the first week of the SCIAC schedule. A win in one of two road games against two of the top teams in conference would have sufficed.