ST. LOUIS, MO: Washington University In St. Louis came out of the gates on fire and never looked by en route to winning the Lopata Classic opener over Pomona-Pitzer 87-65.
In a battle of the brainiacs it was WashU (2-0) who had the hot hand tonight as they shot 59.3% (16-27) from the floor in the 1st half and 51.9% (27-52) for the game to race past the Sagehens at WUSTL Field House. While Pomona-Pitzer (0-1) opened the game with a 6-1 lead on back-to-back threes from Gibson Farone-Collins and Corbin Koch, WashU would respond with a 20-2 run over the next eight minutes and never look back en route to never leading by less than 15 after the 6:52 mark in the 1st half.
Freshman Corbin Koch had a stellar performance in his first career game for the Sagehens, scoring a game high 22 points on 7-17 shooting in his 26 minutes of action while going 4-8 from three and 4-4 from the free throw line. Daniel Rosenbaum was the only other Sagehen to score in the double-digits, scoring 12 points (4-10 shooting) while going a perfect 3-3 from the charity stripe. Mitchell Finkel excelled on the glass, tallying a game high 14 rebounds including 9 offensive boards to lead a Sagehen backcourt that outrebounded the Bears 46-31 (26-5 off.).
Pomona-Pitzer will square off in the Lopata Classic 3rd Place Game tomorrow against DePauw at 4pm. Live coverage for tomorrow's game can be found on the Pomona-Pitzer Athletic Website.