CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer men's basketball team fell to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) rival CMS 73-60 on Wednesday night at Robert Pavilion.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens fall to 10-11 overall and 8-4 in SCIAC play this season.
The Stags' senior star showed up again in the Sixth Street Rivalry as Michael Scarlett totaled a game-high 32 points and shot 13-22 from the field to lead CMS to a regular season sweep in the Sixth Street Rivalry.
It was a nervous opening few minutes for the Sagehen offense as they missed the majority of their opening shots to give up an early 7-2 lead to CMS. Pomona-Pitzer cut the lead down to just one point at 7-6 but the Stags seemed to have an answer every time the Sagehens got within striking distance of taking over the lead.
The Sagehens came within one point again later in the first half after a Rosenbaum jumper cut it down to 18-17 but the Stags took control of the first half late as they sprung a 7-0 run to take a 25-17 lead that forced Pomona-Pitzer to take a timeout with two minutes remaining.
CMS maintained their lead over the Sagehens to end what was a low-scoring effort by both teams with the Sagehens only converting on 34% of their shots from the floor and CMS slightly better at 40% to give the Stags a 30-23 lead heading into the locker room.
The Stags built a big lead early in the second half but Sagehens began to slowly chip away at the Stags lead. Much like the first half, every big shot from the Sagehens was followed with an answer by the Stags' offense to kill any chance of a big run to mount a comeback.
The Stags took their largest lead of the night after back-to-back scoring plays by Scarlett by way of an and-one layup and a made jump shot followed by a three by Scott Lynds gave the Stags a 61-48 lead and forced the Sagehens to take a timeout with 7:56 remaining.
However, the Sagehens refused to go quietly as they continued to hit three after three to try to climb back into the game but the Stags offense found its rhythm in the second half shooting 63.3% percent from the floor to take both regular season games of the Sixth Street Rivalry.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to SCIAC opponent Cal Lutheran on Saturday, February 10th at 2:00 p.m.