CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer men's basketball dropped a close game to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent Cal Lutheran by the score of 61-53 on Wednesday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Cal Lutheran was led by the duo of Dan Wade and Austin Cole who each tallied 18 points for the Kingsmen.
Cal Lutheran jumped out to an early 12-4 lead as the Kingsmen shooters came out hot connecting on their first five shots of the game.
Pomona-Pitzer slowly battled back in the first half and brought the Kingsmen lead down to just three points at 22-19 after a three-point basket by Hunter Lowry, but Cal Lutheran rallied back and ended the first half on an 11-3 run to go into the locker room with a 22-33 lead.
Facing a sizeable deficit, the Sagehens came out in the second half and chipped away at the Kingsmen lead. Pomona-Pitzer sparked a 6-0 run with 9:11 left in the second half to bring them within three points as they trailed Cal Lutheran 46-43.
The Kingsmen answered with a 10-4 run capped off by a huge three-point basket by Coby Delaveaga to give them a 56-49 lead over the Sagehens with just over three minutes to go.
The Sagehens with their backs against the wall were forced to foul and the Kingsmens held off the Pomona-Pitzer comeback at the free throw line and handed the Sagehens their eighth SCIAC loss of the year.
The Sagehens next play the second game of the Sixth Street Rivalry as they face off against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Monday, February 15th at 7:30 p.m. The game will be played at Voelkel Gymnasium with CMS as the home team.