Late Run Pushes Westmont Past Sagehens

Late Run Pushes Westmont Past Sagehens

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Westmont used a late 9-0 run after Pomona-Pitzer took the lead to pull away for a 77-69 win in a non-conference Men's Basketball game on Saturday evening.

The loss drops Pomona-Pitzer to 1-2 on the season, with both losses coming to NAIA opponents. Westmont improves to 2-2 on the year. 

Senior forward John Weiss (pictured) led Pomona-Pitzer with 21 points, the last of which came on a three-pointer with 6:40 to go to give the Sagehens a 58-56 lead, its first lead since the opening minute of the second half. 

However, Westmont responded with the pivotal 9-0 run, started on a third-chance lay-up from Daniel Carlin to tie the score with 5:45 left. Mantas Drungys gave the Warriors the lead for good, Billy Keller hit a three-pointer and C.J. Miller hit a short jumper to cap off the run with 2:57 to go, making the score 65-58. 

Senior guard Xavyr Moss stopped the run with a jumper coming out of a timeout, but Westmont scored the next four points to take their largest lead at 69-60. A three-pointer from junior guard Michael Cohen gave the Sagehens a glimmer of hope with 1:03 left, but Westmont hit enough of its free throws down the stretch to prevent the comeback.

Weiss had 16 points in the first half on 6-7 shooting (3-3 from three-point territory) and his only miss was a shot that he put back in himself. His third three gave Pomona-Pitzer a 32-24 lead, but Westmont closed out the half with a three-pointer from Cory Blau to pull within 33-29, then started the second half with a Keller three and a Jason Ritchey three-point play to take the lead at 35-33.

Sophomore Gibson Farone-Collins, filling in for injured All-SCIAC forward Jake Klewer in the starting line-up, had a key role in the first half as well, making a jump hook and a three-pointer on consecutive possessions before kicking the ball out to Weiss for a three-pointer.

Weiss finished the game shooting 8-11 overall and 4-5 from three-point territory on his way to 21 points. Junior guard Kyle McAndrews, who was seeing his first action of the season after missing the first two games with an injury, scored 12 points and Moss added 10. Miller led four players for Westmont in double figures with 20. 

Pomona-Pitzer returns to action this weekend for the annual David Wells Classic on Friday and Saturday, hosting UC Santa Cruz at home on Friday and facing Johns Hopkins at CMS on Saturday.