THOUSAND OAKS, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team fell in a final second shot to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Cal Lutheran 59-57 on Saturday afternoon at Gilbert Arena.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens have now dropped their third-straight conference game and fall to 10-9 overall and 6-4 in SCIAC play. The Kingsmen improve to 14-6 overall and 7-4 in conference play.
The Sagehens were led by sophomore Daniel Rosenbaum who tallied a game-high 23 points and six rebounds in the loss. Sophomore Corbin Koch notched 13 points and six rebounds while freshman Micah Elan and junior Jack Gale chipped in with six each.
The Kingsmen were led by Wolfgang Wood and Kyle Ferreira who shared a team-high 14 while Blake Miles and Caleb Richey tallied 12 each.
The Sagehens played a very efficient game on offense as they shot 46.9% from the field and 50% from three-point range opposed to Cal Lutheran who shot 38.7% from the field and 25.9% from three, but the Sagehens turned the ball over 17 times throughout the game while Cal Lutheran only gave the ball up ten times.
Pomona-Pitzer got out to a good start in the first half as they quickly jumped out to a 16-8 lead after a Rosenbaum layup with 13:43 left in the half. The Sagehens held the lead for almost the entire first half but the Kingsmen got hot late in the first and closed out the half on a 10-0 run to take a 27-26 lead heading into halftime.
Cal Lutheran stayed on top through most of the second half but could not pull away from the Sagehens. Pomona-Pitzer stayed closed and eventually tied the game at 47-47 after a Rosenbaum three pointer with 7:38 to go.
The lead changed hands a few times but the Sagehens found themselves up late with a 55-50 lead with 1:58 to go. The Kingsmen came back with back to back three pointers and reclaimed the lead at 56-55 with 55 seconds to go.
Rosenbaum came back to convert a late layup attempt to take a one-point lead but the Kingsmen closed the game out with three-straight three pointers that willed the Kingsmen past the Sagehens for the two-point victory.
Up Next: The Sagehens will continue SCIAC play as they next travel to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m.