Sagehens Hang On For Narrow Win Over Johns Hopkins

Sagehens Hang On For Narrow Win Over Johns Hopkins

Claremont, Calif. - Senior guard Xavyr Moss had a team-high 17 points, including Pomona-Pitzer's last three baskets of the game, as the Sagehens held on for a 57-56 win over Johns Hopkins on Saturday.

With the win, Pomona-Pitzer improves to 3-2 on the young season, including 3-0 against NCAA opponents. Johns Hopkins slips to 4-2 with the loss.

The Sagehens led by as many as 12 points, as Moss hit a jumper with 8:08 to play to make the score 53-41. After back-to-back baskets from Johns Hopkins, Moss hit another jumper with 6:57 left to make the score 55-45.

Neither team would score for a three-minute span until Johns Hopkins broke the drought with 3:46 left on a George Bugarinovich layup. Two Sagehen turnovers then led to five Blue Jays points as Jimmy Hammer hit a three-pointer and Austin Vasiliadis had a lay-up to make it a 55-52 game with 2:45 left.

Moss then hit a huge basket with 2:28 left to stretch the lead to five, which would prove to be the winning points. Matt Chiusano had a layup with 33 seconds left to pull the Blue Jays within 57-54 and a Gene Williams layup with 2.3 seconds left made it a one-point game, but Johns Hopkins was unable to get a winning shot attempt off as the Sagehens held on.

Senior forward Jake Klewer added 12 points and seven rebounds, and freshman guard Nick Nordale added 12 big points off the bench, including a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give the Sagehens a 31-28 lead going into the break, a lead they never relinquished. Bugarinovic was the only Johns Hopkins player in double figures with 12 points.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Wednesday when it opens SCIAC play with a home game against Cal Lutheran at 7:30 p.m.