CLAREMONT, Ca. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team finished off their season sweep of Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Caltech with a 78-61 win on Wednesday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens have now won seven of their last eight games to improve to 9-10 overall and 7-3 in conference play. The Sagehens are also now 7-1 since the start of the new year.
The Sagehens were led by Micah Elan who notched a game-high 22 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists. James Kelbert came off of the bench to contribute a season-high 15 points while Corbin Koch also reached double digits with 11 points and came down with five rebounds in the win.
By the way the game started you would of thought this was going to be a rout by the Sagehens' offense as they began the game on a 12-2 run to open up the first half after a pair of made free-throws by Glenn Leininger just five minutes into the game. However, the offense went ice cold for the Sagehens as they failed to score a point for the next 6:30 of the first half, which allowed Caltech to come back and take the lead. The Sagehens finally broke their cold streak after Jack Boyle pulled up and connected on a three with 8:39 left to go in the first half to bring the score to 16-15 in favor of Caltech. The Beavers were able to capitalize on the poor first half shooting numbers for Pomona-Pitzer as the Sagehens went into the locker room trailing 29-26 and shooting 34.5% from the floor.
Pomona-Pitzer changed their first half shooting woes in a hurry as they came out of the locker room and took back the lead within the first five minutes of the second half after a made three by Elan made the score 39-38 with 15:47 to play. It was all Sagehens after that as Pomona-Pitzer shot 60.6% in the second half and outscored the Beavers 52-32.
While up 61-51 with 5:40 left in the game, the Sagehens sparked a 10-2 run capped off by an Adam Rees fast break slam that eliminated all hope for the Beavers as they trailed 71-53 with 3:25 left to play. The Sagehens were able ride their strong second half performance as they cruised to a home victory over Caltech.
Up Next: The Sagehens will continue SCIAC play as they next travel to Redlands on Saturday. February 3rd at 2:00 p.m.