McAndrews Helps Sagehens Topple Biola 70-62

McAndrews Helps Sagehens Topple Biola 70-62

Claremont, Calif. – Sophomore guard Kyle McAndrews (Seattle, Wash. - pictured) scored 20 points on 7-9 shooting as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team snapped an 18-game losing streak in the series with Biola by defeating the Eagles 70-62 on Wednesday evening at Voelkel Gymnasium.

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 8-3 overall on the season, while Biola falls to 8-6. The two teams have met every year since 1994-95, with Biola capturing all previous 18 meetings heading into this season. Pomona-Pitzer did have earlier wins in the series going back to the 1960's, before the two schools stopped playing each other (until resuming in 1994-95).

Pomona-Pitzer used a 15-0 first half run to take control, turning a narrow 14-11 lead into a commanding 29-11 advantage. Senior guard Xavyr Moss (Federal Way, Wash.) had two three-pointers during the run, while junior forward Jake Klewer (Tucson, Ariz.) added one as well.

Biola crept back within 31-20 with 5:33 left in the half, but McAndrews hit two foul shots, assisted on a three-pointer from sophomore guard Michael Cohen (Tarzana, Calif.), and then Cohen returned the favor on a McAndrews three-pointer for a quick 8-0 run that pushed the lead up to 39-20.

Biola managed to close the gap to 41-27 at the half on a 5-0 run in the final minute, and then started the second half with a basket to make it 41-29. However, Moss and Cohen hit three-pointers to get the lead back up to 17, and the Sagehens maintained a double-digit margin most of the way.

The Eagles did get within nine points at 65-56 with 2:43 to play on a lay-up by Justin Searby, but junior guard Armand Gray (San Francisco, Calif.), who was 3-3 from the floor in the second half, hit a baseline floater, and Moss added two foul shots to help the Sagehens hang on.

Moss finished with 11 points for Pomona-Pitzer, while Klewer had six points and 11 rebounds. Zack Zaragoza keyed the comeback effort for Biola with 23 points, including seven three-pointers (five in the second half), but it wasn't enough for the Eagles to keep their winning streak in the series going.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Saturday, when it returns to SCIAC play with a road game at Caltech.