Claremont, Calif. - Junior guard Michael Cohen (pictured) had 20 points and senior guard Xavyr Moss added 17 to lead five starters in double figures as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team earned a 90-73 win over Redlands on Saturday at Voelkel Gymnasium.
With the win, Pomona-Pitzer improves to 7-5 overall and 3-1 in the SCIAC, while defending league champion Redlands slips to 5-7 overall and 1-2 in league play.
Junior guard Kyle McAndrews added 16 points, senior forward Jake Klewer had 12 points and 12 rebounds and senior forward John Weiss added 11 points for the Sagehens, which came into the game with all five starters averaging in double figures and maintained those averages by shooting 52.5 percent from the floor.
Pomona-Pitzer led throughout, jumping out to a quick 10-2 lead on a Weiss layup just 2:30 into the game. Redlands closed back to within two points on two occasions, the last at 16-14 on two Eric Radford foul shots, but the Sagehens came back with a three-pointer from junior guard Joe Eyen, and layups from McAndrews, Klewer and Cohen to take a 25-14 lead with 10:27 left.
The Sagehens led by as many as 19 in the first half before settling for a 46-30 lead at the break. After Redlands closed to within 12, an 8-0 run bookended by two Cohen three-pointers gave Pomona-Pitzer its largest lead at 60-40 with 12:10 to play.
Redlands continued to battle, though, and got to within 64-54 on three Alex Rudd foul shots with 9:06 to play. Moss hit an 18-footer and McAndrews nailed a three-pointer to push the lead to 69-54, but Redlands again closed to within 10 at 76-66 with 4:29 left on a three-pointer Aljosa Bjekovic.
McAndrews, though, answered with a driving lefty layup and Cohen hit two foul shots to push the lead back up to 14, and the Bulldogs were unable to threaten again.
Cohen added six assists and no turnovers for the Sagehens to go along with his game-high 20 points, as the Sagehens shot 52.5 percent (32-61) on the evening. Bjekovic had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Redlands, while Rudd finished with 15 points.
Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Wednesday night for a 7:30 p.m. contest against Chapman.