CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team fell to Southwestern (Tx.) 87-71 in the opening game of the 2016 David Wells Classic on Friday afternoon.
The Sagehens were led by sophomore Daniel Rosenbaum who had a game-high 20 points in the loss.
Southwestern had all five starters reach double digits in scoring. Chris Molina led the Pirates with 17, Ben Stiver and Ryan Ogden each had 16, and Connor Kim and Zach Whitlock each chipped in with 15 apiece.
With the loss, the Sagehens drop to 0-2 on the year while the Pirates improve to 2-2.
The Sagehens got on top in the first half early and stayed on top throughout the majority of the half. Southwestern's only lead of the half came at 13-10 with 14:34 left before Pomona-Pitzer took over and retained the lead heading into halftime.
Pomona-Pitzer held a 39-34 lead late in the first half after Rosenbaum made a layup with 31 seconds remaining but Southwestern came back and get a three-point jumper as time expired to cut the lead down to 39-37 at halftime.
The Pirates came back in the second half and tied the game up at 60-60 with just under 10 minutes left to go and went on a 16-4 to break the game open with a 76-64 lead over the Sagehens with just 4:31 remaining.
The Sagehen defense could not cool off the Pirates' hot offense in the second half as Southwestern outscored the Sagehens 50-32 in the half and shot just under 70% from the field.
Up Next: The Sagehens will return home for game two of the David Wells Classic as they take on California Maritime at 6:00 p.m. at Voelkel Gymnasium.