Sagehens Win Fourth Straight, Defeat Whittier 83-74

Sagehens Win Fourth Straight, Defeat Whittier 83-74

Whittier, Calif. – Junior guard Kyle McAndrews had 28 points and sophomore forward Gibson Farone-Collins (pictured) had his first career double-double off the bench with 10 points and 11 rebounds as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team took an 83-74 road win over Whittier on Saturday.

With their fourth straight win, the Sagehens move to 9-5 on the season and 5-1 in the SCIAC, maintaining their hold on second place in the conference standings. Whittier slips to 7-6 overall and 1-3 in league play.

McAndrews shot 9-13 from the floor and 8-8 from the line on his way to 28 points, the second-highest total of his career, one game after scoring 32 on 12-18 shooting in a double-overtime win over Chapman on Wednesday. Junior guard Michael Cohen also added 17 points on 6-11 shooting.

Pomona-Pitzer was able to inch out to a 37-31 halftime lead after an evenly-played first half by closing out with a 9-2 run. Senior guard Xavyr Moss hit two foul shots, junior guard Joe Eyen hit a three-pointer and Cohen hit a jumper to make it 35-29 with 2:04 left. After Whittier stopped the 7-0 run on a Nick Demusis layup, Farone-Collins closed out the half with a short jumper to make it 37-31 at the break.

Cohen then helped the Sagehens get quick separation to start the second half, knocking down back-to-back three-pointers on the first two possessions to stretch the lead to 43-31. Whittier briefly got the lead down to single digits at 47-38, but Cohen answered with a layup and McAndrews knocked down a three-pointer to push it back to 52-38.

The Poets again had a mini-run to close to 54-44, but Farone-Collins had two straight baskets, the second coming on a tip-in, and then added a block and a defensive rebound at the other end to help swing the momentum Pomona-Pitzer's way. Whittier did not get the lead back into single digits until a three-pointer with 45 seconds left made it 77-70, but the Sagehens went 6-6 at the line down the stretch to end any miracle comeback hopes.

Pomona-Pitzer had a huge edge on the boards, outrebounding Whittier 49-27, behind 11 from Farone-Collins, eight from senior forward John Weiss, and seven apiece from senior forward Jake Klewer and freshman guard Nick Nordale. Chris Barnes-Williams led Whittier with 21 points, including five three-pointers.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Wednesday when it travels to Occidental for a 7:30 p.m. contest.