CLAREMONT, CA. – History was made on Wednesday night as the No. 9 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball Team set the program record for most wins in a season after defeating the Whittier College Poets 94-71. It was business as usual for the Sagehens' offense as they nearly matched their season average by shooting 50% from the field and going 42.9% from beyond the arc. Senior Daniel Rosenbaum led the team in scoring with 24 points, shooting 8-for-16, and grabbing seven rebounds. Junior Micah Elan added 21 points with eight rebounds and a team-high four steals.
Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a program-high 22 wins overall and remain undefeated in the SCIAC at 14-0. They also secured the first seed for the SCIAC Tournament and will host the semifinal and potentially the final if they win.
The two sides were neck-and-neck to start the first half, trading baskets and searching for a big run. Trailing 13-11, the Sagehens' offense woke up thanks to some spark from the bench as James Kelbert kicked a pass to Jack Boyle in the corner for a three. After Elan stole the ball on the next possession, Boyle returned the favor to Kelbert with a kick to the corner for three to make it 17-13. The Poets battled back to lead 24-23, but the Sagehens strung another rally, scoring 12 straight points that was capped by a tough driving layup in traffic by Elan.
Kelbert drilled a triple with 3:36 left and Elan sunk a midrange jumper to make it 40-28. The Sagehens led 48-37 at halftime.
Rosenbaum brought the thunder to start the second half, driving for a baseline dunk to ignite the offense. Alex Preston followed with a steal on the next possession and converted a layup off a give-and-go with Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum continued to carry the Sagehens' offense, scoring the next two baskets from beyond the arc to extend the lead 58-41. Later with a 60-48 lead, Corbin Koch stretched the Sagehens' advantage after hitting a corner three off an inside pass by Preston. Pavle Rohalj brought an energy boost off the bench, grabbing an offensive rebound off Rosenbaum's missed jumper and scooping in a reverse layup to extend the lead 66-52. He finished with the team-high 10 rebounds and six points. With 9:47 left in the game, Rosenbaum put on another scoring clinic, cutting to the basket and receiving a pass from the high post by Rohalj for the layup. He followed by driving to the paint and finishing under contact for the and-one, giving the Sagehens a 71-56 lead. The Sagehens continued to attack the paint, scoring five straight baskets below the rim during a 13-0 run in the final stretch of the game, making it 89-69. The Sagehens held on comfortably for the victory.
Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to Eagle Rock, CA to take on Occidental College in hopes of extending their program record for their final road regular season game of the season. They will face the Tigers on Saturday, February 16 at 4:00 p.m.