CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball Team kicked off the new year with a torrid scoring display, putting up a season-high points total to defeat the University of Redlands 101-90. The Sagehens caught fire with their shooting, scoring 54.2 percent from the field and going 13-for-25 from beyond the arc. Four Sagehens scored in double digits.
Season Impact: The victory over the Bulldogs improves the Sagehens to a 3-9 record overall and 1-2 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Daniel Rosenbaum posted a season-high 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Micah Elan added 22 points. Corbin Koch had an effective game on both ends of the floor, scoring 15 points and nabbing two steals and making one block. Adam Rees added 14 points to the cause.
Both teams opened up the first half hot, as they traded baskets early while hardly missing their shots. Rosenbaum dealt a brunt of the damage from the start, scoring the first 13 points for the Hens. With a 36-33 lead and 3:30 left in the half, the Sagehens erupted with a huge run 11-2 run. With time winding down, Elan dished out a pass to Rosenbaum at the corner who then hit the buzzer-beater to extend the lead 47-35.
With the Bulldogs' defense fixated on containing Rosenbaum, Elan found more space to create his offense and opened up the second half with six straight points to put the Hens ahead 53-35. Glenn Leininger followed up with a big steal on Redlands' Jacob Russell which led to a Koch and-one layup to make it 56-35. Koch drove in for another layup on the following possession to give the Hens their largest lead of the night 58-35. The Bulldogs tried to chip away, going on an 8-3 run, but James Kelbert diffused the momentum with a hard drive into the paint for an and-one layup. With 11:55 remaining in the game, Elan sent his defender to the ground with a vicious crossover and made the open jumper to make it 72-53.
Later with 6:31 left, Alex Preston made a huge block on a layup attempt by Redlands and ran across the floor in the same sequence for a layup to energize the Hens late in the game, extending the lead 82-64. With 2:21 remaining, the Bulldogs tried to save the clock by fouling Rees to send him to the line, but the sophomore guard made his free throws to keep the game out of reach.
Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to Pasadena, California to face SCIAC opponent Caltech on Wednesday, January 3 at 7:00 PM.