Make It Eight, As Sagehens Pull Away From La Verne

Make It Eight, As Sagehens Pull Away From La Verne

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team fought off several La Verne challenges before pulling away for its eighth win in a row, defeating the Leopards 78-59 on Saturday evening at Voelkel Gymnasium.

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 13-5 overall and 8-1 in the SCIAC, and have not lost in a month since falling Dec. 29 to Schreiner at the Trinity (Texas) Invitational. La Verne slips to 6-11 overall and 3-6 in the SCIAC with the loss.

Junior guard Kyle McAndrews led the Sagehens with 17 points, while senior guard Xavyr Moss (pictured) chipped in with 13 and freshman guard Nick Nordale added 12. Senior forward Jake Klewer had 13 rebounds and sophomore forward Gibson Farone-Collins added 11 (both had seven points).

The Sagehens appeared ready to run away with it, as it jumped out to leads of 11-1 and 18-3 in the early going. However, Kendall McClain came off the bench to hit three first half three-pointers to spur the Leopards on a 15-0 run to tie the score 18-18. Pomona-Pitzer once again built a lead up to 36-25 late in the first half on a Moss jumper, but the Leopards scored the final eight points of the opening stanza to make the score 36-33 at the break.

The start of the second half again saw the Sagehens seize momentum, as a three-pointer from junior guard Michael Cohen on the fast break put the lead back to double figures at 45-35. After a three-pointer from Evan Roberts brought the Leopards within 51-42, Moss and Farone-Collins hit back-to-back threes, and then Farone-Collins tacked on a driving lay-up and a backdoor feed to senior forward John Weiss for a lay-up, making the score 61-42 with 10:44 to go.

The Sagehens were then able to coast the rest of the way, as La Verne never got closer than 16 points in the final 10 minutes. Freshman guard Ammar Misto closed out the game with a three-point play and a defensive rebound.

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