CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Whittier 82-71 on Saturday afternoon at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens have now won five of their last six conference games to improve to 7-10 overall and 5-3 in SCIAC play.
The Sagehens were led by Daniel Rosenbaum who tallied a game-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds and five steals. Alex Preston came off of the bench and recorded a career-high 20 points shooting 8-10 from the field while Adam Rees and Micah Elan chipped in with 16 points and 11 points, respectively.
The Sagehens had yet another impressive night shooting from the field as they shot 55.8% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc.
Both teams opened up the first half exchanging baskets with the lead going back-and-forth multiple times in the first few opening minutes. With the game tied at 15-15, the Poets hit a three-pointer to take an 18-15 lead with 13:50 left in the half. The Sagehens responded with the first major run of the game as Pomona-Pitzer scored eight-straight points to take a 23-18 lead midway through the half.
Whittier began to battle back late in the first half as they cut the lead down to 32-28 but the Sagehens had a good run to end the half as they strung together a few late buckets and held a 42-30 lead heading into halftime behind good first half performances by Preston and Rosenbaum who each had 12 points going into the locker room.
With the Poets down big at halftime, Whittier came out in the second and slowly began to chip away at the lead. The Poets got hot from beyond the arc and erased their 12-point halftime deficit and eventually took the lead at 53-52 after a Jordan Lingard layup with 9:11 left in the game.
The game wasn't tight for very long as the Sagehens regrouped and responded with a 13-3 run after a Rees three and held a 56-65 lead with just over five minutes to play. The Poets attempted a comeback late but a three-point dagger by Rosenbaum with 1:17 left to play killed any hope of a comeback as the Sagehens held on for the double-digit win.
Up Next: The Sagehens next travel to Chapman on Wednesday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m.