Pomona-Pitzer Battles Back, But CMS Hangs On For Win

Pomona-Pitzer Battles Back, But CMS Hangs On For Win

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team erased a 13-point deficit to take the lead in the second half, but CMS regrouped and hung on for a 65-59 win on Wednesday evening at Ducey Gymnasium.

With the loss, the Sagehens slip to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the SCIAC, while suffering their first defeat against a Division III opponent (the other two losses were to NAIA Biola and Westmont). CMS improves to 5-3 overall and 1-0 in the league.

Pomona-Pitzer trailed 28-15 late in the first half, but closed out the half on a 12-2 run, making four three-pointers on four straight possessions, the last two coming from junior guard Joe Eyen (pictured) to make the score 30-27 at the break.

Senior forward Jake Klewer, who had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds, started the second half with a basket and junior guard Kyle McAndrews followed with a short jumper to put Pomona-Pitzer in front 31-30, its first lead since 6-5 early in the game.

The teams then traded baskets for a while, until Eyen knocked down his third three-pointer of the game with 8:15 left to pull the Sagehens within 51-50. At that point, CMS was able to seize control with a 7-0 run, starting with a Remy Pinson three-pointer and ending with a baseline jumper from center Nick Lund with 5:14 to go.

McAndrews, though, came out of a timeout and hit a three-pointer and then made an acrobatic bank shot to bring the Sagehens within 58-55. After CMS went one-of-two at the line, senior guard Xavyr Moss had an 18-foot jumper rattle out, and Pinson nailed an 18-footer at the other end to put the Stags ahead 61-55 with 1:41 to go. Klewer then snuck backdoor for a dunk to close the margin to 61-57 with 1:21 left, but Pomona-Pitzer could come no closer.

McAndrews had a team-high 17 points for the Sagehens, while Klewer was the only other player in double figures with 10 points to go with his 13 rebounds. Tyler Gaffaney led CMS with 19 points, while Pinson had 18.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action at home on Saturday for a non-league game against Pacific (Ore.) before a two-week break for the holiday season.