THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer men's basketball team fell 70-63 in their opening game in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference against Cal Lutheran on Saturday afternoon at the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center.
Pomona-Pitzer was led freshman Daniel Rosenbaum who led all scorers with 27 points and tallied seven rebounds. Also in double-digits for the Sagehens was senior Gibson Farone-Collins with 12 points and sophomore Jack Gale with 10.
Cal Lutheran was led by Adrian Francis who collected 22 points for the Kingsmen. Kellen Birdsall chipped in with 15 points and Jeremy Sulker-Hall came off of the bench with 11.
The Sagehens came out ready to play as they opened up a 14-4 run to start the game that forced Cal Lutheran to take a timeout with 13:13 left in the first half.
Pomona-Pitzer controlled the game for the majority of the half with its defense forcing the Cal Lutheran shooters to take low percentage opportunities as the Sagehens were up 22-6 with 7:50 left in the half.
Cal Lutheran found its offense and mounted a 21-5 run capped off by a Justin Kam three-point buzzer beater to close out the half and went into the locker room tied with Pomona-Pitzer at 27-27. Rosenbaum led all scorers at the half with 14.
The Sagehens came out of the locker room with the hot hands and started the second half on a 16-6 run to go up 43-33 over Cal Lutheran with 13:33 left in the contest.
The Kingsmen responded with a run of their own as they outscored the Sagehens 14-4 in the next four minutes to even the game up at 47-47.
The final minutes of the second half was a back and forth battle until the Kingsmen strung together a few good possessions and completed the comeback over the Sagehens for their second SCIAC win of the season.
The Sagehens next take the court on Wednesday, January 6th as they continue conference play at Chapman.