CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer men's basketball team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent La Verne in a 90-46 rout on Wednesday evening at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 12-11 overall and 10-4 in SCIAC play and slide into third place in the SCIAC standings.
The Sagehens had four players reach double digits in scoring. Leading the way was Micah Elan who finished with a game-high 16 points in the win. Daniel Rosenbaum finished just behind Elan with 15 points and added six rebounds and Alex Preston came off of the bench to contribute 14 points to the total as well as James Kelbert who also came off of the bench with 10.
This is the second straight game the Sagehens have notched over 90 points and have scored at least 90 in three of their last four games. The Pomona-Pitzer bench was a big factor in the lopsided win as they came up with a season-high 44 points outscoring the Leopards bench by 15 with the entire team scoring just two points more at 46.
The Sagehens came out of the gate and took an early lead over the Leopards as they already held a double digit lead nine minutes into the first half at 16-6. The Leopards tried to keep the score from getting out of hand in the first half and did a good job forcing the Sagehens into tough shots as Pomona-Pitzer only converted on 44% of its shots from the field in the first half and 26.7% from beyond the arc. However, the offense began to click for the Sagehens towards the end of the first half as they ended the half on an 11-2 run to take a 37-21 lead heading into the locker room.
The second half was all Pomona-Pitzer as the offense came out shooting the lights out as they went for 51.6% from the field and 60% from three-point territory in the second half. Pomona-Pitzer came out and doubled up on La Verne with 16:49 left to play after Corbin Koch nailed a three-point jumper to push the lead to 44-22 and shortly after extended the lead to 30 points just four minutes later at 58-28 after two made free-throws by Elan.
The bench propelled the Sagehens through the remainder of the second half with an impressive performance as Pomona-Pitzer was able to complete the sweep over the Leopards for the season series.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host SCIAC opponent Occidental for their senior day on Saturday, February 17th at 5:00 p.m.