CLAREMONT, CA. – Senior Corbin Koch notched 1,000 career points as the No. 16 Sagehens completed the regular season sweep against CMS with a 73-57 win at home on Wednesday night.
Season Impact: with the win, the Sagehens remain at the No. 1 spot in the SCIAC standings and improve to 17-1 overall and 9-0 in conference play.
The Sagehens were led by Elan who had a game-high 17 points in the win to go along with seven rebounds. Junior James Kelbert had 11 points and didn't miss a shot going 5-5 from the floor, Koch tallied 10 points and eight rebounds in his 1,000-point night and Rosenbaum and junior Adam Rees eached chipped in with nine.
Pomona-Pitzer completed its first regular season sweep over CMS since 2009 and outscored the Stags 143-122 in both contests combined.
The Sagehens came out with some early offense as three-straight three-point plays gave the Sagehens a 10-5 lead. CMS hung around but the Sagehens sparked a run midway through the first after Elan hit a three to extend lead to 21-16, a spinning drive by Kelbert on the following possession and capped off by a big three from Koch put the Sagehens up ten at 26-16. The Stags turned the ball over on the following possession and Rosenbaum responded with a jumper forcing a CMS timeout with 7:39 left in the half.
Pomona-Pitzer didn't cool off as they extended their lead to the largest of the half at 16 points at 38-22 after a junior Jack Boyle three and then a made free-throw by sophomore Winston Nelson with 3:17 left in the half. CMS tried to cut down the lead but couldn't make up much ground in the final minutes as the Sagehens went into the locker room up 41-27.
The Pomona-Pitzer offense was efficient in the first half as they took just 19 shots from the floor but connected on 11 of them for a 57.9% mark from the field. The Stags offense couldn't do much against the Sagehens in the first half as CMS only put up 27 points and struggled from beyond the arc going just 2-10 while the Sagehens hit five of their eight threes for 62.5%. Rosenbaum led the Sagehens at halftime with nine first half points.
CMS started the second half hot on offense and immediately began to cut into the Sagehens' lead. The Stags connected on back to back threes to cut the lead down to 43-37 and held their ground to get into striking distance down five points at 49-44 with 12:11 left to go.
Pomona-Pitzer quickly responded and opened up their lead again over CMS late in the second half. Koch connected on back to back possessions and then some good ball movement between Rees and Boyle led to an open three by Boyle to extend the lead up to 66-52 and turned the lights out on any chance for a CMS comeback.
Pomona-Pitzer was able to close out CMS in a game that they never trailed from start to finish and complete the Sixth Street Sweep.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host SCIAC opponent La Verne on Saturday, January 26th at 7:00 p.m.