Red-Hot Buena Vista Holds Off Sagehens

Red-Hot Buena Vista Holds Off Sagehens

Claremont, Calif. - Wes Nordquist had 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Buena Vista Men's Basketball team won its seventh game in a row, defeating Pomona-Pitzer 75-63 on Sunday afternoon at Voelkel Gymnasium.

Buena Vista improves to 8-3 overall with the win, while Pomona-Pitzer sees its record drop to 7-3 with the defeat.

Pomona-Pitzer trailed 36-27 at the half, as sophomore guard Kyle McAndrews (Seattle, Wash.) hit a runner in the paint with five seconds left to make the score 33-27, but Cole Darrow ran up the middle of the court and banked in a 30-footer at the buzzer for the Beavers.

The Sagehens came out strong in the second half, as junior forward John Weiss (Cleveland, Ohio) drove to the basket for consecutive lay-ups. A three-point play from senior guard Xavyr Moss (Federal Way, Wash.) got the lead down to 38-36, but Nick Clark hit the first of his three second half three-pointers to get the lead back to 41-36, jump-starting a 26-5 run that gave the Beavers a commanding 64-41 lead.
 
Sophomore guard Joe Eyen (Granite Bay, Calif. - pictured) came off the bench to nail three straight three-pointers for the Sagehens to give them some life, closing within 71-57 with 4:52 left to go, but Pomona-Pitzer was unable to get closer than 12 points down the stretch as the Beavers held on for the win.

McAndrews and senior forward Donald Okpalugo (Manchester, Eng.) led the Sagehens with 10 points apiece, while Eyen had nine points in 10 minutes. Clark had 14 points off the Buena Vista bench on 5-7 shooting (4-6 from three), while Darrow added 12 points and eight rebounds.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Wednesday for a non-conference game against Biola, before returning to SCIAC action on Saturday at Caltech.