McAndrews Scores 32 To Carry Sagehens Past La Verne

McAndrews Scores 32 To Carry Sagehens Past La Verne

La Verne, Calif. – Junior guard Kyle McAndrews (pictured) had 32 points, two shy of his career high, as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team defeated La Verne 65-59 on Wednesday evening.

Pomona-Pitzer improves to 17-7 overall and 12-3 in the SCIAC, keeping its outside hopes alive of earning a share of the SCIAC title (the Sagehens would need to win its finale on Saturday against Occidental and have CMS lose both of its remaining games at Cal Lutheran and Whittier to share the title). La Verne falls to 10-14 overall and 7-8 in the SCIAC.  

Pomona-Pitzer trailed 34-29 early in the second half, but McAndrews converted an old-fashioned three-point play and John Weiss hit a jumper to tie it up. After La Verne hit two foul shots to cut a Sagehen lead to 43-41, Weiss converted a lay-up, junior guard Adrian Brandon hit a jumper and McAndrews hit a three-pointer for a quick 7-0 run to take a 50-41 lead. After La Verne stopped the run, Brandon hit a three-pointer to push the lead to double figures and the Sagehens were able to build the lead to as many as 11.

The Leopards got to within 56-49 with 4:37 left on an Eric Becker jumper, but McAndrews answered with a layup to push the lead back up to nine. Ronn See had a pair of late steals and baskets for La Verne to get the lead down to as close as four points with five seconds left, but McAndrews finished off his 32-point effort with a pair of foul shots to seal it. The 32 points were two shy of his personal best of 34, set in a double-overtime win over Chapman earlier this year.

The Sagehens trailed 15-12 midway through the first half, but went on a 9-0 run, keyed by seven points from McAndrews, to take a 21-15 run. La Verne came right back with a 10-2 run to move back in front 25-23, and carried that momentum to a 32-26 lead in the final minute of the half, before McAndrews hit a three-pointer with five seconds left to cut the Leopard lead to 32-29 at the break.

Weiss was the only other player for the Sagehens in double figures as he ended with exactly 10. Brandon had seven points for Pomona-Pitzer in the second half, including five during the key 10-2 run that stretched the lead up to double figures.

The Sagehens close out the regular season on Saturday with a home game against Occidental, beginning at 5 p.m. Pomona-Pitzer will honor its four seniors prior to the game: Dan Campbell, Jake Klewer, Xavyr Moss and John Weiss.