Big Scoring Runs Carry Whittier Past Sagehens

Big Scoring Runs Carry Whittier Past Sagehens

Whittier, Calif. - The Whittier Men's Basketball team started the game on a 15-0 run, lost all of it, but then used a 16-0 run in the second half to pull away and take a 67-47 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday night. 

With the loss, the injury-riddled Sagehens fall to 2-12 overall on the season and 0-5 in the SCIAC. Whittier improves to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in the SCIAC with the win. 

After falling behind 15-0 (and 21-3 at one point), Pomona-Pitzer used 11 first half points from senior guards Adrian Brandon (pictured) and Kyle McAndrews to pull within 32-30 at the break. A 12-0 run from the Sagehens brought the lead down to 26-25 on back-to-back McAndrews baskets, before Brandon closed out the first-half scoring with a three-pointer. 

McAndrews scored the first basket of the second half to tie the score 32-32. After four Whittier points. a three-point play from Brandon cut the lead to 36-35, but the Poets then exploded on a 16-0 run to take a 52-35 lead and was able to cruise from there, building the lead up to 64-37. 

Brandon had a double-double with 18 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for Pomona-Pitzer, while McAndrews added 15 points. Eric Jennings had 23 points for Whittier, while Nick Demusis added 20 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.The Sagehens continued to be without six players due to injury, including four of the key veterans in its rotation - senior guards Michael Cohen and Joe Eyen, and junior forwards Gibson Farone-Collins and Reid Callan

The Sagehens return to action on Tuesday night for a 7:30 p.m. home game against Redlands.