CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball opened their 2016 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) schedule with a 64-60 win over Chapman University on Wednesday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Pomona-Pitzer was led by sophomore Daniel Rosenbaum who had a game-high 15 points in the win. Also in double digits for the Sagehens was junior Jack Gale with 11, senior Mitchell Finkel with 11 and freshman Micah Elan chipped in with nine.
The Panthers were led by reigning SCIAC Player of the Year, Cam Haslam, who led the team with a quiet 15 points for the Panthers.
The Sagehens held the Panthers' offense in check in the first half as Chapman only shot 38.7% from the field. Despite having the better shooting percentage in the first half, the Sagehens trailed the Panthers 28-26 heading into the half.
Pomona-Pitzer and Chapman kept the game close through the first half and the majority of the second half until the Sagehens got hot and broke out on a 13-0 run after a Rosenbaum layup to take a 49-36 lead with 9:27 left in the game.
The Panthers responded late in the second half and went on an 8-0 run to cut the lead down to just two points at 54-52 with 5:21 remaining.
The game got tight down the stretch as the Sagehens held a one point lead after a Rob Nelsen layup with 26 seconds remaining. Finkell and Rosenbaum got to the line and made some clutch free throws to ice the game to give the Sagehens their first SCIAC win of the season.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next hit the road as they travel to Westmont on Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00 p.m.