LOS ANGELES, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team had their three-game conference win streak snapped as they fell on the road to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Occidental 64-60 on Saturday afternoon at Rush Gymnasium.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens fall to 5-10 overall and an even 3-3 in conference play while Occidental remains undefeated at 5-0 in SCIAC play this season.
The Sagehens were led by Micah Elan who posted a game-high 18 points to go along with five assists in the loss. Alex Preston came off of the bench and tied a career-high with 13 points and tallied five rebounds and Corbin Koch added 10 points as the only other starter in double digits.
After a 4-4 tie to start out the first half, the Sagehens went on an early 11-2 run and held a 15-6 lead after a James Kelbert layup with 12:31 left in the half. The Tigers made a run of their own after giving up a large lead to the Sagehens. Occidental responded with a 10-2 run and narrowed the deficit to 17-16 with just under five minutes to play.
Both teams played a very even first half as the Sagehens shot slightly better from the field at 36% opposed to Occidental's 35% and both teams shot a low 16.7% going 1-6 from three each. The one made three-pointer for Occidental came at a crucial time as it went down as the last made basket of the first half as the Sagehens went into the locker room with a slight 26-24 lead.
While the first half was a game of runs, the second half was a much different story as the lead never exceeded six points for either team. Pomona-Pitzer held the lead past the half way point of the second half but Occidental came back and took the lead after a made free-throw and went on to take their largest lead of the second half so far at 49-44, which forced the Sagehens to call a timeout with 7:10 left to go.
The Sagehens hit a big shot late as Elan tied the game up at 60-60 after a clutch three-pointer with 33 seconds left on the clock, but Occidental closed out the game with a made layup on their next possession and won the free-throw battle late in the game to hold on for the 64-60 win.
Up Next: The Sagehens continue SCIAC play as they next travel to La Verne on Wednesday, January 17th at 7:00 p.m.