CLAREMONT, CA: Daniel Rosenbaum continued his stellar start to his college career scoring a game high 28 points to lead Pomona-Pitzer to a 72-66 victory over Carleton College in the nightcap of the opening day of the 2015 David Wells Classic.
In a game that went from a blowout to a shootout in only a few short minutes in the second half, it was the Sagehens (2-1) who were able to keep a persistant Carleton squad at bay down the stretch to win their David Wells Classic opener for the third consecutive year. Pomona-Pitzer opened up the first half in nearly the same place where they left off against DePauw just a week earlier: with Daniel Rosenbaum on fire. Rosenbaum tallied 14 of the Sagehens' first 24 points on 5-7 shooting (2-3 3PFG) while bringing down three rebounds and going 2-2 from the free throw line to give the Hens a 24-16 lead with 8:48 remaining in the first. While close to the brink of giving into Pomona-Pitzer's momentous early offensive push, Carleton would punch right back, closing out the half on a 16-8 run to draw it even at 32-32. Although the Knights only shot 25% (2-8) from beyond the arc and surrendered 18 points to Rosenbaum in the first half, Kevin Grow's 13 points paced a 41.7% (10-24) shooting effort that allowed them to rally back and regain the momentum entering halftime.
The second half picked up right where the first 20 minutes ended, having both teams trade baskets over the first three minutes capped by Beau Smit's three-pointer to give the Knights a 41-39 lead with 16:56 remaining. However, Pomona-Pitzer would compile one of its most impressive defensive stands in the past few seasons, holding Carleton scoreless for just under ten minutes while going on a 19-0 run to take a 57-41 lead with 7:07 left in the half. With their backs against the wall once again, the Knights would strike back in impressive fashion with an 18-5 run of their own to make it a one possession game at 62-59 with two minutes remaining in the game. However, Pomona-Pitzer got crucial defensive stops each time Carleton got within perilous striking distance to hold on for the 72-66 win in their 2015 home opener.
Pomona-Pitzer saw its major offensive contributions come from a trio of talented freshman tonight: Daniel Rosenbaum, Corbin Koch, and Chris Wright. Rosenbaum finished with a game high 28 points and team high nine rebounds to continue his torrid pace to start his freshman campaign. Koch tallied 13 of his 15 points in the second half and served as a major catalyst during the Hens'19-0 run. Lastly, Wright made the most of his 17 minutes of action against the Knights with 10 points on 3-6 shooting from three (1-2 FT) to bring his season average to 55.5% (5-9) on 3PFG.
The Sagehens will return to action tomorrow as they close out the David Wells Classic against Bristol University at 5pm in Voelkel Gymnasium. Live coverage for the game will be provided on the Pomona-Pitzer Athletics Website.