Bakersfield, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team returned to action at Division I CSU Bakersfield on Friday evening in its first game back after a two-week layoff for the Holidays and fell by a 75-41 final decision.
The loss drops the Sagehens, which had not played since a Dec. 16 win over American Sports University, to 5-4 on the season, while the Roadrunners improve to 7-7 with the win.
Freshman guard Michael Cohen (Tarzana, Calif. - pictured), who had missed most of the last four games with an injury, returned to the rotation and was the only Sagehen in double figures with 12 points on 4-9 shooting, including 3-7 shooting from beyond the arc.
Pomona-Pitzer hung tough for most of the first half, but a quick 10-1 run helped the Roadrunners turn a narrow 22-16 advantage with 3:55 left in the first stanza into a 32-17 lead with 55 seconds left. A tip-in from sophomore forward Jake Klewer (Tucson, Ariz.) made the score 32-19 in the final seconds of the first half, but Issiah Grayson hit a running halfcourt shot at the buzzer to put CSU Bakersfield ahead 35-19 at the break.
The Roadrunners then hit their first four shots in the second half, including two three-pointers, to push the lead over 20 points by the 18-minute mark (43-22), and they were able to cruise the rest of the way.
CSU Bakersfield had four of its five starters in double figures in scoring, led by Stephon Carter with 16 and Rashad Savage with 15. The Sagehens hung tough on the boards, where they were outrebounded only 28-25, but struggled with the quickness of the Roadrunners, as they had 22 turnovers for the game (16 coming on steals).
Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action when it returns home to face Cal State San Marcos on Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. contest.