CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic conference (SCIAC) opponent Whittier in a 81-60 rout on Saturday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season impact: With the win, the Sagehens have now won their third-straight game and improve to 13-9 overall and 9-4 in conference play. Whittier now drops to 8-13 overall and 3-10 in the SCIAC this season. The Sagehens also clinched a spot in the SCIAC Tournament after their victory over the Poets.
The Sagehens were led by freshman Micah Elan who had a game-high 18 points to go along with nine rebounds and seven assists. Sophomore Daniel Rosenbaum tallied 16 points and seven rebounds and sophomore Corbin Koch went for 12 points.
The Poets were led by Louis Kurihara who led the team with 14 points. Chris Kapano tallied 13 and Nick Potthoff chipped in with 12.
The Sagehens came out in the first half on fire as they connected on six of their first nine shots from the field and started 5-8 from beyond the arc to jump out to an early 17-4 lead that forced the Poets to burn a timeout with just over five minutes gone in the first half.
The Sagehens extended that lead to 32-14 after back to back and-one buckets by Elan and Finkel. With 7:15 left to go in the first half, Elan had 16 and the Poets as a team had 14.
The Sagehens shutdown the Poets on defense as they held Whittier to just 19 points in the first half, forced them to turn the ball over six times and held the Poets at 30% from the field.
Pomona-Pitzer ended their impressive first half shooting 51.5% from the field and 42.1% from three-point territory as they held a 47-19 lead heading into halftime.
Whittier came back in the second half and played much better on the offensive side of the ball. The Poets slowly began to chip away at the large Sagehens' lead and cut the lead down to 64-44 with 9:20 left to play.
The Poets' defense slowed down the Sagehens in the second half and limited them to just 34 points after giving up 47 in the first half. Despite slowing the Sagehens down, Pomona-Pitzer was able to ride its large first half lead and cruised to the 21-point victory.
Up Next: The Sagehens will continue SCIAC play as they next travel to Occidental on Thursday, February 16th at 7:00 p.m.