CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer men's basketball team defeated the Bethesda Flames 87-76 on Tuesday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Pomona-Pitzer was led by Gibson Farone-Collins who had a game-high 29 points and nine rebounds for the Sagehens. Also in double-digit figures was Corbin Koch with 21 points and Daniel Rosenbaum chipped in with 16.
Bethesda was led by Geric Leath who collected 17 points in the loss for the Flames. Mark Ware contributed 15 points and David Jelks with 12.
The first half started off with the Sagehens on top as they jumped out to a 13-5 lead to start off the game. The Flames battled back with a 10-2 run capped off by a Geric Leath layup to tie the game at 15-15 with 10:49 remaining in the half.
The rest of the half went back and forth as Bethesda took a slight 40-38 lead going into the locker room. Koch led all scorers at the half with 13 points and Farone-Collins chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.
The second half was a close battle as neither team could pull away with a sizable lead. The lead changed hands only twice during the second half and was tied five times.
The difference ended up coming at the free throw line as Pomona-Pitzer capitalized on 25 out of 37 shots from the line and Bethesda only cashed in on 13 of their 21 free throw shots.
The Sagehens got hot at the line and put together some timely three-point shots as they went on to pull away from the Flames late in the second half.
The Sagehens next take the court as they open up SCIAC play at Cal Lutheran on January 2nd at 2 p.m.