Sagehens Fall In Final Seconds To Westmont

Sagehens Fall In Final Seconds To Westmont

Claremont, Calif. - Daniel Carlin scored on a post move with seven seconds left in regulation to give the Westmont Men's Basketball team a 68-67 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday evening at Voelkel Gymnasium. 

The loss drops Pomona-Pitzer's record to 2-5 on the season, including one loss in overtime and another in the closing seconds, although the Sagehens remain 2-2 against NCAA Division III opponents. Westmont, an NAIA school, improves to 6-4 with the win. 

The Sagehens led by as many as 19 in the first half at 40-21 and led the entire second half until a three-pointer from Cory Blau put the Warriors ahead 66-65 with 50 seconds left. Gibson Farone-Collins answered for the Sagehens with an 18-foot jumper with 29 seconds left and the Warriors called a timeout to set up a play trailing 67-66. 

Westmont was patient with the ball to burn much of the remaining clock, and Sean Harman fed the ball into Carlin on the right block. Carlin spun back into the paint, paused, and flipped a three-foot shot that rolled around the rim and fell through the net. The Sagehens threw the ball in immediately and pushed it up the floor, but Michael Cohen's three-pointer from the left wing missed long just before the final buzzer and Nate Marsing controlled the rebound on the weak side to prevent a possible put back. 

Carlin finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Warriors, while Harman finished with 14 and Blau had all 13 of his points in the second half. Farone-Collins led Pomona-Pitzer with 13 points, while senior guard Kyle McAndrews had 12 and senior guard Adrian Brandon (pictured) added 10 before fouling out late.

Pomona-Pitzer will now have two weeks off before returning to action on Dec. 29 for a home game against Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Monday, Dec. 29.