CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer men's basketball program put on a remarkable defensive performance against the second-place Occidental Tigers, defeating them 61-47 on Senior Night. Prior to the game, seniors Hiawatha Davis, Glenn Leininger, and Jack Gale were honored in front of fans at Voelkel Gym for their contributions to the basketball program. Afterwards, the Sagehens went off to contain the Tigers' offense, holding them to 37.0 percent from the field and outmuscling them on the boards 49-30.
Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 13-11 record overall and 11-4 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, enough to put them tied for second with Occidental College.
Four players scored in double-digits for the Sagehens, as Adam Rees and Daniel Rosenbaum co-led the team in scoring with 14 points. Micah Elan had 12 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, while Alex Preston delivered 13 points and two blocks off the bench.
The Sagehens wouldn't let the Tigers find easy baskets in the first half, forcing them to fadeaway jumpers and contested layups. On the offensive end, the home side went on a 16-2 that lasted more than nine minutes to build a 17-6 lead. With 5:06 left in the half, Austin Dewitz hit a jumper to finally put the Tigers in double digits, cutting the deficit 22-10, but Rees answered with a wide open three-pointer off a pass from Elan to make it 25-10. The Hens led 27-15 at halftime.
Rosenbaum opened up the scoring in the second half by getting fouled and sent to the line. After hitting his first free throw, the junior rebounded his own miss and scored the put back layup to make it 30-17. A 7-2 run by the Tigers brought them within single digits at 40-33, but later a huge and-one layup by Preston followed by a corner three from Rosenbaum with 9:11 left put the Sagehens back to a comfortable 50-37 lead. While the Sagehens did not put on a huge scoring run after, their defense managed to keep the Tigers quiet for the remainder of the half as they held on for a 61-47 win.
Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to Whittier for their final game of the regular season on Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. This game will affect the seeding of the Sagehens before they head into the SCIAC Tournament.