CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer men's basketball team won the first game of the Sixth Street Rivalry against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 53-43 on Monday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Pomona-Pitzer was led by senior Gibson Farone-Collins who led the Sagehens with 14 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Daniel Rosenbaum also scored double-digits for Pomona-Pitzer with 11 points and nine rebounds.
CMS was led by Jason Harrington who led the Stags with 11 points and four rebounds.
The first half was a combination of high defensive energy and nervous offense as both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net.
Pomona-Pitzer shot just 24% from the floor in the first half but outshot CMS as the Stags only cashed in on 20.7% of their shots from the field.
The Sagehens had a 16-9 advantage with 6:05 left in the first half but some late offense by the Stags cut the Pomona-Pitzer lead down to 16-14 going into the locker room.
The second half started out even until the 17:10 mark as the Sagehens pulled away on a 15-0 run that included three-straight three-point baskets to make the score 37-21 with 12:23 to go.
The Stags responded and began to chip away at the Sagehens' lead and brought the game to 45-40 with 2:27 left after a Shelby Lane layup.
Pomona-Pitzer came back on the very next possession and Farone-Collins hit a three-point dagger to kill the CMS momentum.
The Sagehens closed the game out at the free throw line and took game one of the Sixth Street Rivalry.
Pomona-Pitzer continues SCIAC play as the Sagehens travel to Whittier on Saturday, January 30th at 2:00 p.m.