Late Run Leads Pacific Past Pomona-Pitzer

Late Run Leads Pacific Past Pomona-Pitzer

Claremont, Calif. - The Pacific (Ore.) Men's Basketball team used a late 12-0 run to come from behind and capture a 72-66 win over Pomona-Pitzer in a non-league match-up on Saturday evening at Voelkel Gymnasium.

With the win, Pacific improves to 4-2 on the season, while Pomona-Pitzer slips to 5-4 with the loss.

Junior guard Michael Cohen (pictured) led the Sagehens with 21 points in the loss, while forward Daniel Zitani had a big day for the Boxers with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Senior forward Jake Klewer had a strong all-around game for Pomona-Pitzer with 11 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

After being tied 33-33 at the half, Pomona-Pitzer led by as many as 13 points in the second half, when junior guard Joe Eyen knocked down a three-pointer to make the score 54-41 with 9:46 to go. After a 4-0 Boxer run, Eyen snuck back door for a layup off a Klewer feed to give the Sagehens a 56-45 advantage.

Pacific, though, used an 18-2 run to turn the game around. After scoring six straight points, the Sagehens were able to stop the first part of the run as Cohen scored on a baseline cut off a feed from senior forward John Weiss, making it 58-51 with 6:08 to play. However, the Boxers scored the next 12 points to seize control.

After Pacific shot 5-6 at the line, Coby Proctor had a driving layup to knot the score at 58-58 with 3:05 to play.  Zitani blocked a baseline drive from junior guard Kyle McAndrews and Riley Grandinetti had a three-point play in transition to put the Boxers in front 61-58 with 2:47 to go. McAndrews missed in traffic, and Zitani hit a tough elbow jumper with 2:10 to play to make the score 63-58.

Klewer finally ended the drought with a tip-in with 1:35 left, but Proctor scored on a spin move in the paint to answer. Three times, Pomona-Pitzer got the lead down to three points, but each time Pacific was able to respond with a fast break layup after breaking the press or two foul shots.

McAndrews finished with 14 points for Pomona-Pitzer while Weiss added 10, giving the Sagehens four players in double figures. Proctor had 12 to join Zitani in double figures for the Boxers.

Pomona-Pitzer has two weeks off for exams and the holiday break before returning to action on Dec. 29-30 in San Antonio at the Trinity (Texas) Invitational.