CLAREMONT, CA. – It was a lopsided domination for the No. 16 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball Team on Saturday night as they cruised to a 100-61 victory over La Verne on Saturday night. The Sagehens' offense refused to pump the breaks, scoring inside and outside the perimeter at ease and finishing the game with a 57.7 field goal percentage. Micah Elan scored a team-high 21 points in 24 minutes of play, shooting 9-for-10 from the field. Daniel Rosenbaum added a steady 13 points with seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals, while Matthew Eberle and James Kelbert added 11 points each off the bench. Kelbert went 5-for-5 from the field and has not missed his last 10 shots over the past two games.
Season Impact: The Sagehens are riding on a 14-game winning streak and improve to an 18-1 record overall and a perfect 10-0 in the SCIAC.
Trailing 7-4 early in the first half, the Sagehens shrugged off the deficit and went on a 21-2 run, including two tough layups by Kelbert. The Leopards offense finally found their footing as Luke Edwards and Sinai Enoch hit back-to-back threes, but the Sagehens continued to maintain their torrid scoring. Ahead 31-17, Micah Elan dribbled around a double screen and pulled up for a midrange jumper. He followed with another elbow jumper to make it 35-17. The Leopards almost came within 10 after Jordan Allen's jumper and a three by Sinai, but Elan silenced their momentum with a driving layup off a pass by Alex Preston. The Sagehens continued to hold their lead and with 27 seconds left in the half, Rosenbaum sparked a fast break with a steal and threw a pass to Elan. Elan passed to the racing Preston and the sophomore center rose up for a slam dunk. The Sagehens led 59-26 at halftime.
Elan refused to let the Sagehens' offense take their foot off the gas, hitting an open three and a layup to start the second half. Preston followed with a layup and proceeded to block a La Verne layup on the next possession. The Sagehens took out the starters with 10:43 left in the game and a 79-37 lead, and Matthew Eberle showed off his offensive game to close it out. After scoring a layup off an inbound pass by Stephen Blomstrom, he later hit three consecutive three-pointers, sending the home crowd in a celebratory frenzy. With 2:58 left in the game, Matthew Paik made his first basket of the season off a step-back jumper to extend the lead 96-55. The Sagehens ran out the clock to clinch the easy victory.
Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to Redlands, CA to take on University of Redlands on Wednesday, January 30 at 7:00 PM.