ORANGE, Ca. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team went on the road and won a tight one as they defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Chapman 61-58 on Wednesday night at the Hutton Sports Center.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 8-10 overall and 6-3 in SCIAC play and slide into third place in the conference standings.
The Sagehens were led by Alex Preston who came off of the bench to lead the team with 16 points shooting 7-8 from the floor. Daniel Rosenbaum racked up his fourth double-double of the season as he ended his night with 14 points and 11 boards while Adam Rees chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Panthers got the better of the Sagehens in their first meeting of the year as Pomona-Pitzer opened up SCIAC play with a loss to Chapman at home by the score of 61-54 but the Sagehens were able to split the season series after their win against the Panthers in tonight's contest.
Pomona-Pitzer got its offense rolling early on in the first half as they opened up the game with a 12-5 capped off by a pair of Rosenbaum free-throws just under five minutes into the game. The Sagehens stretched that lead to double-digits as Corbin Koch nailed a jumper to extend the lead to 21-8 with 11:12 left to play before halftime. The Panthers clawed back into the game as they responded with a 14-2 run in the next four minutes to cut the lead down to 23-22 but the Sagehens were able to stay on top to finish out the half and head into the locker room with a 34-30 lead.
Chapman kept the Sagehens' lead to single digits up until midway through the second half when the Sagehens' offense got hot and extended their lead to the largest of the second half at 55-43 after a James Kelbert layup with 10:06 to play. The Panthers slowly began to bring the lead down to striking distance at 59-53 with just under five minutes left to play. The Sagehens offense went cold late as they failed to convert a basket from the field in the final 4:48 of the second half, which left the door open for a potential Chapman comeback.
The Panthers began to string together a few baskets and eventually had a chance to tie the game at the line. Luke Selway would only go on to make one of his two free-throws with 50 seconds left on the clock, which was on pace for the Panthers' poor free-throw percentage on the night at just over 53%. However, the Sagehens would give the Panthers an opportunity to take the lead again late in the game after a turnover gave the Panthers a chance to take the lead, but a missed layup gave the ball back to the Sagehens and forced Chapman to foul. Koch stayed solid at the line for Pomona-Pitzer and extended the lead to 61-58 giving the Panthers just an opportunity to send the game into overtime. Chapman had a look from three but failed to convert as the Sagehens left Orange with a big win on the road.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host SCIAC opponent Caltech on Wednesday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m.