ST. LOUIS, MO: Freshman Daniel Rosenbaum posted a career performance in only his second collegiate game dropping a game high 29 points to lead Pomona-Pitzer to a 77-74 win over DePauw to close out the Lopata Classic.
Led by the freshmen tandem of Rosenbaum and Corbin Koch, the Sagehens (1-1) were able to stage a late second-half rally and hold off a late Tiger push to earn their first victory of the season. DePauw (1-2), who advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament 2nd Round last season, had two looks from beyond the arc within the last ten seconds to potentially send the game to overtime but both shots fell short to send Pomona-Pitzer back to the West Coast with the win.
The Sagehens had firm control of the first half, never surrendering the lead after the 12:06 mark to take a 39-35 advantage into halftime. The big story of the first twenty minutes was Daniel Rosenbaum's offensive explosion as the freshman put up 21 points on 8-10 shooting while going a perfect 4-4 at the free throw line in his 15 minutes of action. After giving the Hens the lead on two free throws with 12:06 remaining, Rosenbaum caught fire scoring 15 of the team's next 17 points in the next seven minutes.
While the beginning of the second half saw the Sagehens hold onto their lead throughout the first 10 minutes, the Tigers would put together a 12-0 run to take a 65-59 lead with 7:53 left in the 2nd Half. However, Pomona-Pitzer responded with an 11-2 run of their own capped off by a Corbin Koch three-pointer to regain the lead at 70-67 with 3:26 remaining. A Hunter Lowry three-pointer with 30 seconds remaining to extend the lead to 77-72 appeared to be the nail in the coffin for the Tigers but a quick lay-up and a turnover by Daniel Rosenbaum on the resulting inbounds play gave DePauw a shot to tie the game with 18 seconds left on the clock. Although David Vogel's contested three with nine seconds remaining was well off the mark, an Earl Schultz missed free throw on the front end of the one-and-one allowed DePauw to have one last shot of bringing the game to overtime. However, David Vogel's shot hit the front of the rim and fell straight into the arms of Schultz to bring the game to an end.
Rosenbaum finished the game with 29 points, 7 rebounds, and two assists while staying perfect from the charity stripe for the season with an 8-8 performance. Corbin Koch added 19 points (14 in the 2nd Half) to score in double-digits in consecutive games to open his career while Gibson Farone Collins finished one board short of double-double as he compiled 11 points and 9 rebounds on the evening. Pomona-Pitzer shot 44.3% (27-61) from the field on the game while going 18-21 (85.7%) at the free throw line and forcing 15 Tiger turnovers including 11 steals.
For his performances over the weekend, Daniel Rosenbaum was named to the Lopata Classic All-Tournament Team.
Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Friday as they host Carleton College at Voelkel Gymnasium in the David Wells Classic. Live coverage for all of the tournament's games will be provided on the Pomona-Pitzer Athletics Website.