CLAREMONT, Ca. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team fell to non-conference opponent Westmont 70-69 on Saturday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens fall to 1-6 overall
Another heartbreaker for the Sagehens that came down to the final buzzer as this marks the fifth time out of six losses that the Sagehens have lost by single digits.
The first half belonged to Westmont as the Warriors immediately came out and took control of the game with some impressive shooting from the floor. The Warriors opened up the first half on a 25-11 run that forced the Sagehens to call a timeout with 11:40 left until halftime.
Pomona-Pitzer slowly began to chip away at the lead but then ended the first half with six-straight points after a three-pointer by Sam Glazer and a buzzer beating and-one bucket from Koch to cut the lead down to 45-40 at the end of the first.
Much like the first half, the Warriors came out and had the advantage early as they jumped ahead to a 61-49 lead midway through the second half.
However, the Sagehens immediate responded with a 13-2 run capped off by a Rosenbaum three to narrow the deficit down to just one point at 63-62 with 6:14 to go.
The Sagehens kept it to within one point until Rosenbaum struck again from deep to give the Sagehens their first lead since the opening minute of the game at 67-65 with 3:43 to go.
A crazy last two minutes followed in this one as the two teams were deadlocked at 67-67. Koch came up big on defense with a chase down block that deflected off of the Warrior shooter and gave the Sagehens the ball back, which then led to an Adam Reese jumper to give the Sagehens a two-point lead.
Pomona-Pitzer's defense came up big again moments later as they forced a five-second call on the inbound to turn the ball back over to the offense.
On the next possession, it was the Warriors' defense that came up big this time as Kyle Scalmanini came up with a big steal and was fouled with a chance to take the lead at the line.
After making one of two free-throws, the Sagehens had 4.5 seconds left on the clock to come up with a game-winner. They got the look they wanted as Rosenbaum rose up for a potential game-ending jumper but the shot rattled off of the rim as the Sagehens fell in a close one at home.
Up Next: The Sagehens open up SCIAC play as they next host Chapman on Wednesday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m.