CLAREMONT, CA—Senior Daniel Rosenbaum dropped 21 points as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team opened up 2018 with a big 92-67 win over non-conference opponent Biola on Saturday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: with the win, the Sagehens improve to 1-0 overall.
This was just the second time in the previous 10 meetings between Biola and Pomona-Pitzer with the Sagehens coming out on top. A big part of that was the Sagehens' three-point shooting. The Sagehens shot 56% from beyond the arc and went into the locker at halftime shooting 69.2% from three in the first half. Pomona-Pitzer also caused 15 turnovers on defense and controlled the paint with 36 points down low while Biola only managed 24 points in the paint.
The Eagles scored the first points of the game after a pair of made free throws gave them a 2-0 lead, but it was all Sagehens after that moment as Biola would trail for the remainder of the game.
Pomona-Pitzer controlled the game on offense and began to build a large lead in the first half. The Sagehens eventually went up by double-digits after a Jack Boyle and-one extended the lead to 32-22 with 6:37 left in the half. The Sagehens exploded from beyond the arc late in the first after three-straight three-pointers made by Koch, freshman Matthew Eberle and Elan forced Biola to take a timeout facing a 47-30 deficit with just over two minutes to play until halftime. The Sagehens added a few more points to hold a 53-37 lead at the half. Koch led the Sagehens at half with nine points followed by Rosenbaum with eight and Elan with seven.
The Sagehens' offense cooled down a bit in the second half but still managed to outscore Biola 39-30. Pomona-Pitzer made another big run midway through the second half and took their largest lead of the night after an Elan three pushed the lead to 30 points with the Sagehens on top 78-48.
Pomona-Pitzer rode its large lead for the remainder of the game and cruised to a big win on opening night as they defeated Biola 92-67.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to LIFE Pacific on Tuesday, November 20th at 7:30 p.m.