Klewer Comes Up Big Down Stretch As Sagehens Hold Off La Verne

Klewer Comes Up Big Down Stretch As Sagehens Hold Off La Verne

Claremont, Calif. - Junior forward Jake Klewer (Tucson, Ariz. - pictured) had 19 points and 13 rebounds and had several clutch plays in the closing minutes to will the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team to a 70-66 win over La Verne on Saturday evening.

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 11-5 overall and 6-2 in the SCIAC, while La Verne slips to 4-12 overall and 3-5 in the SCIAC with the loss. Klewer had eight points in the final 2:08, while also adding a tough defensive rebound in traffic and a steal to help the Sagehens get two crucial stops while holding a one-possession lead.

Pomona-Pitzer led comfortably for most of the game, taking a 40-27 lead into the break and leading by as much as 15 early in the second half. However, the Leopards stormed back, and took a 62-60 lead with 3:01 to play on a jumper from Ronn See.

With just over two-minutes remaining, Klewer nailed a clutch three from the right wing to put the Sagehens ahead to stay 63-62. He then pulled down a defensive rebound in traffic and drew a foul, hitting both ends of a one-and-one to make the score 65-62.

After Jake Feith hit two foul shots for La Verne, the Sagehens ran a slip screen and Klewer converted again on a dunk off a feed from junior forward John Weiss (Cleveland, Ohio) to push the Pomona-Pitzer lead to 67-64. Then, with 22 seconds left, Klewer stepped into the passing lane for a steal and drew another foul, making one of two foul shots for a two-possession lead.

Weiss then grabbed another big defensive rebound to help seal the win for the Sagehens, and sophomore guard Michael Cohen (Tarzana, Calif.) knocked down two foul shots to seal it before See added a jumper at the buzzer to make the final score 70-66.

Cohen finished with 13 points on 4-5 shooting from the floor, while Weiss had a spectacular all-around game with 10 points on 5-9 shooting, nine rebounds, five assists and six steals. Senior guard Xavyr Moss (Federal Way, Wash.) was also in double figures with 11 points. See had a strong game for La Verne with 16 points on 7-10 shooting, seven rebounds and six assists with no turnovers.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Wednesday for the first of two Sixth Street showdowns with consortium rivals Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.