CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team capped off the semester with an 83-75 win over non-conference opponent UC Santa Cruz on Sunday afternoon at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 8-1 overall and stay at 1-0 in conference play.
The Sagehens had four players reach double digits in the win. They were led by senior Daniel Rosenbaum who led the way with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists. Junior Micah Elan notched 17 points, five rebounds and four assists as well, senior Corbin Koch had 13 points and five rebounds while sophomore Alex Preston chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds in the win.
The Sagehens got off to a rocky start in the first half as they struggled on offense shooting just 35% from the floor. Pomona-Pitzer started out from behind as the Banana Slugs jumped out to an early 11-4 lead. Santa Cruz kept its distance from the Sagehens in the first half and responded every time the Sagehens would pull within striking distance. The Slugs went up by double digits for the first time in the first half at 36-25 after a layup with three minutes left to play in the half. Pomona-Pitzer struggled closing out the first half as UCSC took a 43-31 lead heading into the locker room.
The Sagehens came out in the second half and immediately cut into the Banana Slugs' lead. Pomona-Pitzer opened up the half hot from beyond the arc and closed the gap to 51-47 just five minutes into the second half.
Santa Cruz grew its lead back up to 10 points as they began to connect from three-point territory as well, but the Sagehens wouldn't go away as they climbed all the way back and tied the game at 64-64 after a Rosenbaum layup with 6:55 left to go.
Pomona-Pitzer ended up taking its first lead of the game just a few minutes later after Rosenbaum connected on another layup to give the Sagehens a 70-68 lead with 3:27 to go.
The big moment of the game came after a big defensive block by junior Adam Rees turned into a fast break for the Sagehens. Koch got the ball and went straight to the basket and drew the foul with the and-one to extend the Sagehens lead to 77-70 with 1:44 remaining.
The Slugs tried to shoot their way back into the game but the late resurgence from the Sagehens' offense gave them the boost they needed to complete the comeback at home.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host non-conference opponent Hardin Simmons on Saturday, December 29th at 3:00 p.m.