Biola Pulls Out Tight Win Over Pomona-Pitzer

Biola Pulls Out Tight Win Over Pomona-Pitzer

La Mirada, Calif. - Dakari Archer had nine straight Biola points down the stretch as the host Eagles were able to pull out a close contest and capture a 73-70 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Tuesday evening. 

The loss drops Pomona-Pitzer's record to 1-1 on the season after starting out the year with an 80-77 win over No. 15 St. Thomas (Minn.) on Friday. Biola, an NAIA member, improves to 2-3 with the win. 

Junior guard Michael Cohen (pictured) drove to the basket to give Pomona-Pitzer a 70-69 lead with 2:09 to play, but Archer answered with a big three-pointer with 1:30 to go to give Biola the lead for good. After the Sagehens were unable to answer with a three-pointer of their own, Biola killed a full minute of game clock with an offensive rebound before Cohen picked up a blocked shot. 

The Sagehens raced the other way, but senior forward Jake Klewer's slashing drive to the hoop rimmed out, and Biola secured the defensive rebound. Pierre Zook, who had a game-high 20 points, made one of two at the line with 8.6 seconds left to push the lead to three points, and the Eagles fouled at midcourt before Pomona-Pitzer could shoot a tying three.

The Sagehens missed the front end of a one-and-one, but got the offensive rebound and kicked the ball out to senior guard Xavyr Moss, but his tying three attempt was blocked by 7-foot center Mike Kurtz as the game ended. 

Pomona-Pitzer led by as many as seven in the second half (62-55) on two Klewer foul shots, but Biola answered with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to single point with five minutes left. Klewer converted an old-fashioned three-point play to push the lead to four, but Archer hit a three to cap off a quick 5-0 run to give Biola a 66-65 lead. Klewer snuck backdoor for a layup off a feed from Farone-Collins, but Archer had a three-point play to make the score 69-67.

Klewer led the Sagehens with 18 points on 5-7 shooting from the floor and 7-7 from the line and added 10 rebounds for a double-double. Cohen had 17, freshman guard Nick Nordale had 11 and Moss added 10. Senior forward John Weiss finished with eight points as Pomona-Pitzer nearly had all five starters in double figures. Zook had 20 and Archer had 17, including his nine big ones late, to lead the way for Biola. 

Pomona-Pitzer returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Westmont for a 7:30 p.m. contest.