Sagehens Start Fast, But CMS Finishes Fast For Win

Sagehens Start Fast, But CMS Finishes Fast For Win

Claremont, Calif. - Pomona-Pitzer jumped out to a 16-1 lead, but CMS used an 18-1 run late in the game to capture a 65-54 win on Wednesday evening at Voelkel Gymnasium.

With the win, CMS improves to 17-6 overall and 13-2 in the SCIAC, remaining one game behind Redlands, who it meets on Saturday for a potential share of the regular season title. Pomona-Pitzer falls to 13-9 overall and 8-6 in the SCIAC, into a third-place tie with Whittier.

However, the Sagehens did get some good news on the night as Cal Lutheran lost to Redlands, which means that Pomona-Pitzer can qualify for a postseason bid with just one win, either over Occidental on Saturday or a win over Whittier on Tuesday. The Sagehens could also qualify without a win, if both Cal Lutheran and La Verne both lose at least one of their last two games.

Sophomore guard Kyle McAndrews (Seattle, Wash. - pictured) led Pomona-Pitzer with a game-high 19 points, but was the only Sagehen in double figures. Remy Pinson had 13 points and 10 rebounds for CMS, including back-to-back three-pointers during the pivotal late run which gave the Stags the lead for good.

Junior forward John Weiss (Cleveland, Ohio) split two shots at the line with 10:27 left to give Pomona-Pitzer a 46-40 lead, but the Sagehens would score only one point over the next 8:30 as the Stags roared ahead 58-47. Kevin Sullivan started the comeback with a three-pointer, and after Jake Klewer (Tucson, Ariz.) made a foul shot with 7:54 left to make the score 47-43, the next 15 points went to CMS.

Jack Grodahl scored down low off an offensive rebound and putback with 7:06 to go, and Pinson then hit a long three-pointer from straight away to give CMS its first lead of the game with 6:05 left. After a Sagehen miss, Pinson hit another one from the left wing to push the lead to four, and Grodahl was then fouled in the act of shooting a three-pointer and made all three to suddenly push the lead to seven with 4:35 left.

Jason Harrington and Pinson both went 2-for-2 at the line to cap off the 15-0 run, which was finally ended when sophomore guard Michael Cohen (Tarzana, Calif.) scored on a fast break with 1:56 to go, but the Sagehens were unable to threaten late.

It was a tough end to a game that couldn't have started any better for Pomona-Pitzer. McAndrews buried a three-pointer on the first possession, Klewer hit a lay-up and Cohen nailed a three-pointer to make the score 8-0 just 1:32 into the game. McAndrews then got to the rim for back-to-back lay-ups to make it 12-0, and after a Cody Mivshek foul shot, McAndrews hit another lay-up and then assisted on one from sophomore guard Adrian Brandon (Seattle, Wash.) to make the score 16-1 at the 14:51 mark.

The lead then stayed between 10-13 points for almost the entire first half, before Grodahl hit two foul shots to make it 30-21 with 2:17 left in the opening stanza. Grodahl added a three-pointer with 53 seconds left to cut it to six, and the teams traded baskets in the final minute to make the score 33-27 at the break, as close as CMS had come since its bad start.

Two Chris Rama foul shots brought CMS within 33-31 early in the second half, before a quick spurt from McAndrews gave the Sagehens some temporary breathing room again. He hit a tough lay-up as he was fouled, and then hit another difficult reverse, before burying a contested 19-footer to make the score 45-36 with 11:46 to go, but it would be almost nine minutes before Pomona-Pitzer would make another field goal.

The Sagehens shot 48.3 percent in the first half (14-29), but just 8-30 (26.7 percent) in the second half. The Stags also had 35 of their 65 points from the bench, led by 17 from Grodahl and 10 from Jason Harrington.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Saturday when it travels to Occidental, where it can secure a postseason bid with a win.