The No. 20 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team fell 66-62 to Washington University (Mo.) in game one of the 35th Lopata Classic on Friday night at WU Field House.
Season Impact: with the win, the Sagehens suffer their first loss of the season and drop to 4-1 overall.
The Sagehens were led by senior Daniel Rosenbaum who had a game-high 21 points in the loss.
Pomona-Pitzer started out the first half behind WashU after the Bears jumped out to an early 15-8 lead in the first five minutes of the game. The Sagehens hit a cold streak midway through the first half after they failed to score a point for four minutes that allowed the Bears to extend the lead to double digits with a 28-15 lead with 8:09 left in the half.
WashU was able to build a solid lead in the first half and eventually took their largest lead of the game at 37-21 with 1:52 remaining, but the Sagehens battled back late and cut the deficit to just 10 points at 37-27 heading into the locker room.
The Sagehens came out of halftime and immediately cut the lead down to just five points after an Alex Preston and-one made the score 37-32 just two minutes in. The Bears extended the lead back up to seven points, but the Sagehens closed the gap to just one point at 46-45 after a pair of Rosenbaum free throws with 12:59 remaining.
Pomona-Pitzer eventually took the lead at 58-57 after a Rosenbaum three pointer but the Bears came back with a three of their own to take a 63-61 lead with two minutes left to play and forced the Sagehens to take a timeout.
The Sagehens had a chance to tie or take the lead with a last second shot, but Pomona-Pitzer couldn't sink the last second bucket and fell to WashU in game one of the Lopata Tournament.