CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team started out the new year on a high note as they defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Redlands 82-77 on Wednesday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens have now won their sixth-straight game to improve to 10-1 overall and 2-0 to start conference play.
The Sagehens were led by senior Daniel Rosenbaum who notched a game-high 23 points and eight rebounds in the win. Three other Sagehens reached double digits in the scoring column as junior Micah Elan had 15 points and five assists and senior Corbin Koch and sophomore Alex Preston each chipped in with 12.
The Bulldogs jumped out on top early against the Sagehens with some early buckets to take a quick 8-2 lead to start out the first half. Redlands was tough on defense to start the game, but the Sagehens battled back midway through the first half and tied the game up at 17-17 after a Koch three with just under 12 minutes to play in the first half.
The Bulldogs and Sagehens went back-and-forth in the first half as they exchanged leads and then found themselves tied again at 32-32 with 3:53 left before halftime. The Sagehens pulled away late as they ended the half with a 14-5 run and held a 46-37 lead heading into the locker room. Pomona-Pitzer shot well from three in the first half as they ended the half at 53.8% from beyond the arc and 54.8% from the field.
Redlands came out of halftime and began to climb back into the game early on in the second half. The Bulldogs sprung an 11-2 midway through the second half with some good three-point shooting and tied the game up at 61-61 with 10:19 left to go.
The Sagehens turned up their defensive and never surrendered the lead back to the Bulldogs and some key shots by Pomona-Pitzer kept the Sagehens on top in the second half. Pomona-Pitzer built a good lead late in the game with a 77-69 lead with two minutes left to play, but Redlands hit some big three-pointers late in the game and narrowed the gap to four points at 81-77. Redlands had a chance to cut the game down to one possession but could not get the shot to fall as the Sagehens closed out the game at home and picked up their 10th win of the season.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to SCIAC opponent La Verne on Saturday, January 5th at 4:00 p.m.