Men's Basketball: Big Second Half Lifts No.15 Sagehens Over Panthers, 89-69

Men's Basketball: Big Second Half Lifts No.15 Sagehens Over Panthers, 89-69

ORANGE, CA. – The No. 15 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Chapman 89-69 on Saturday night at the Hutton Sports Complex.

Season Impact: with the win, the Sagehens have won their 16th straight game and improve to 20-1 overall and 12-0 in conference play.

The Sagehens were led by senior Daniel Rosenbaum who tallied a game-high 26 points with six rebounds in the win. Junior Adam Rees added 17 points, junior Micah Elan had 15 points and six assists, sophomore Alex Preston notched 13 points and senior Corbin Koch added 10.

The Sagehens dominated the paint against the Panthers as they outrebounded Chapman 34-18 and had 34 points in the paint while the Panthers managed just 20.

Pomona-Pitzer struggled on offense to start the game as the Panthers mounted an early lead up 14-7 within the first five minutes of the first half.  The Sagehens' offense only put up nine points within the first nine minutes of the game as Chapman went on to take their largest lead of the game at 25-11 midway through the first half.

The Sagehens' offense got going to close out the first half as they sprung a 16-4 run to cut the lead down to 29-27 after a pair of Rees free-throws. Chapman responded and extended the lead back up to six points, but the Sagehens added a few buckets at the end of the first half to trail by just one at 39-38 at halftime.  Rosenbaum led the way for the Sagehens at the break with 15 points while Rees chipped in with seven.

The second half was all Sagehens as the offense shot 59.4% from the field and only turned the ball over one time. Pomona-Pitzer regained the lead at 42-41 after a Preston layup with 18:28 remaining and began to build a lead over Chapman. The Sagehens quickly extended that lead to 10 points after a Rosenbaum layup with 12:18 left to play and eventually stretched that lead to 21 points at 76-55 after a Koch layup with just under five minutes remaining.

Pomona-Pitzer was too much for the Panthers to hang with all game long as the Sagehens extended their winning streak to 16 games with the road win over Chapman.

Up Next: The Sagehens will next host SCIAC opponent Cal Lutheran on Saturday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m.