CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team fell in the first game of the Sixth Street Rivalry to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) rival No. 18 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 73-67 on Saturday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: With the loss, The Sagehens snap their winning streak and fall to 10-7 overall and 6-2 in conference play this season. The Stags remain in first place in the SCIAC and improve to 15-1 overall and 8-0 in the conference.
The Sagehens were led by sophomore Corbin Koch who tallied a career-high 28 points and six rebounds in the loss. Freshman Micah Elan chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds and freshman James Kelbert chipped in with eight points off of the bench.
The Stags were led by Miles President who had a team-high 18 points in the win. Evan Davis tallied 17 points, Kendrick Morris added 16 and Michael Scarlett chipped in with 10.
The Stags jumped out to an early lead as they started the game off on a 7-2 run to open up the first half. The Sagehens quickly responded and evened the score back up at 7-7 with 16:03 after a pair of Mitchell Finkel free throws.
The Stags came back on a 12-3 run to take their largest lead of the first half at 19-10 with 12:27 left but Pomona-Pitzer slowly chipped away at the CMS lead and Glenn Leininger tipped in a missed shot at the buzzer as CMS only held a 33-29 lead heading into halftime.
The Sagehens consistently battled back in the second half as they remained to stay within striking distance of the Stags' lead throughout the entire half.
CMS began to pull away and took their largest lead of the second half at 55-44 after a Davis three-point jumper with 9:05 remaining.
With their backs against the wall and time running out, Pomona-Pitzer made a late run and refused to go away quietly as they hit some shots late and pulled to within five points at 68-63 after an Elan layup with 27 seconds remaining.
CMS won the game at the free throw line as they connected on eight of its final nine attempts late in the second half to stall out the Sagehens' comeback attempt and take the first game of the Sixth Street Rivalry.
Up Next: The Sagehens will continue SCIAC play as they next host La Verne on Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m.