CLAREMONT, CA. –The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball Team battled neck-and-neck against the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags at the Rains Center on Saturday night, but fell to their cross-street rival 72-67. The Sagehens had five different players score in double-digits, the first time this season, but some key plays by the Stags in crunch time gave the visitors the win.
Season Impact: The Sagehens carry a 1-8 record overall and 0-2 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Junior Corbin Koch had an efficient performance on the court, shooting 5-for-7 from the field and 3-for-4 from the perimeter to finish the night with 13 points. Micah Elan also scored 13 and had two steals while Daniel Rosenbaum scored 12 and grabbed 11 rebounds. The Stags were led by Michael Scarlett and Kendrick Morris who both had 22 points each.
The Sagehens and Stags were within striking distance of one another at the start of the first half as both teams looked to go on extended runs. Trailing 11-9, James Kelbert whipped a deft touch pass to Jack Boyle in the corner for a three to take the lead. The teams continued to trade basket, and after Koch hit a jumper to cut the deficit 16-15, Scott Lynds of CMS hit back-to-back threes to spark a run. The Stags went on a 9-0 run to lead 25-15. Later with 1:28 remaining in the half and the Hens down 37-25, Elan found Boyle in the corner for a timely three to cut the lead 37-28. The Stags led 40-28 at halftime.
In the second half, the Hens offense fired on all cylinders as they burst out the gates for a furious comeback. An 11-0 run spurred by a flurry of three-pointers by Koch brought the Hens within three, 42-39. Riding on the momentum, Elan hit the game-tying three off a pass from Rosenbaum to tie the game at 44 apiece. The two teams exchanged points for a brief period, but with 11:07 remaining, Boyle sparked an 8-0 run, starting with a layup. Winston Nelson then scored a back-breaking layup in the post and drew a foul, converting the free throw. Koch capped the run with a corner three to put the Hens ahead 55-50.
The Stags grinded their way back and retook with the lead 62-61. With 4:32 left, Morris almost converted an open layup, but Elan leapt from behind with a huge block as Rosenbaum recovered the ball. Rees drilled a triple to retake the lead. Unfortunately, the Stags fought back with a 6-0 run to lead 70-66 and managed to hold on in the final minute to secure the 72-67 victory.
Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to La Sierra University to face the Golden Eagles in a non-conference matchup on Saturday, December 16 at 6 p.m.