CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer men's basketball team fell to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Whittier 70-63 on Wednesday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Pomona-Pitzer was led by senior Gibson Farone-Collins who tallied a game-high 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Freshman Daniel Rosenbaum also tallied double-digit scoring with 14 points in the loss for the Sagehens.
Whittier was led by Andrew Torres who collected 22 points and nine rebounds for the Poets.
The game started in a tightly contested match as both teams played evenly throughout the majority of the first half.
The Poets began to pull away late in the half as they went on a 16-2 run to lead 32-19 with 2:49 remaining.
The Sagehens chipped away at the Poets lead to end the half down 35-26 after a Rosenbaum jumper. Farone-Collins led the Sagehens with 16 points going into the locker room.
Pomona-Pitzer sharpened up its defense and began to slowly chip away at the Poets lead throughout the second half.
The Sagehens got within striking distance late in the game after an Ammar Kurdmisto layup brought Pomona-Pitzer within five points of Whittier at 66-61 with 2:24 remaining.
The Sagehens had an opportunity to tie the game with 17 seconds remaining but a Rosenbaum three-point attempt was blocked by Eric Jennings and the Poets escaped with their third SCIAC win of the season.
The Sagehens continue SCIAC play as they next take the court against Caltech on Saturday, January 16th at 5 p.m.