Pomona-Pitzer Hands CMS First SCIAC Loss

Pomona-Pitzer Hands CMS First SCIAC Loss

Claremont, Calif. - Junior guard Kyle McAndrews (pictured) had eight points in a pivotal 10-0 run in the second half as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team rallied past Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for a 64-57 win on Saturday evening at Voelkel Gymnasium.

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 16-6 overall and 11-2 in the SCIAC, keeping their hopes alive for a SCIAC title. CMS falls to 15-5 overall and 10-1 in the SCIAC, suffering its first conference loss, although the Stags remain a game ahead of Pomona-Pitzer in the loss column.

McAndrews led the Sagehens with 18 points, finishing 7-16 from the floor after shaking off an 0-6 start. Senior forward John Weiss had 14 points, including eight big ones down the stretch, while junior guard Michael Cohen added 11 points and Gibson Farone-Collins had 10 big points off the bench.

Pomona-Pitzer led for most of the first half before CMS rallied to tie it 27-27 in the closing seconds. However, the Sagehens quickly countered and McAndrews beat the halftime buzzer with a three-pointer, his first basket of the game, to put his team back in front 30-27 at the break.

CMS came back to tie the game up again at 34-34 on two Gaffaney foul shots, and the teams exchanged baskets for a while, with neither team leading by more than a possession until the Sagehens went ahead 49-45 on a Farone-Collins jumper with 8:22 left.

That jumper was part of a pivotal 10-0 run as CMS took a 45-43 on a Riley Hall lay-up, before McAndrews answered with a jumper and a driving layup. After Farone-Collins made it 49-45, McAndrews scored four more points on jumpers to push Pomona-Pitzer's lead to 53-45 with 5:44 left.

CMS finally stopped the run on a Tyler Gaffaney, but Weiss scored off a baseline out of bounds play with only three seconds on the shot clock to push the lead back to eight. Remy Pinson (28 points) hit a three-pointer to make the score 57-52, but McAndrews broke down the defense along the left baseline and made a layup to push it to 59-52 with 1:00 to go. Weiss then helped seal the game by making four straight foul shots (both ends of two one-and-ones).

Weiss finished with a team-high seven rebounds to go with his 14 points, while shooting 8-8 at the line. Pinson shot 9-15 from the floor and 6-12 from three on his way to 28 points, while Gaffaney finished with 14 for the Stags.

CMS had won the previous four meetings between the teams, since the Sagehens won 51-50 at CMS in the regular season finale in 2011-12, on three foul shots from McAndrews with 0.4 seconds left. Pinson beat the buzzer with a coast to coast lay-up to win the earlier meeting that season 57-55.

Pomona-Pitzer returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Chapman.