Men's Basketball: Size and Interior Scoring Puts No. 12 Sagehens Past Cal Lutheran

Men's Basketball: Size and Interior Scoring Puts No. 12 Sagehens Past Cal Lutheran

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball Team cruised to another lopsided victory, taking down Cal Lutheran University 78-61 on Saturday night. Clashing with a tenacious Kingsmen' defense early in the game, the Sagehens relied on their floor spacing and ball movement to win the battle. The Sagehens shot 50.0% from the field and out-rebounded the Kingsmen 47 to 25. Four different Sagehens scored in double digits, with Adam Rees leading the core with 15 points and nine rebounds. Alex Preston also had an incredible night, scoring 12 points with eight rebounds, and two blocks.

Season Impact: The Sagehens keep rolling, winning their 17th straight game to improve to a 21-1 record overall and 13-0 in the SCIAC. 21 wins tied the progrm record of the 1997 team that finished 21-5. 

The game got off to a slow start as both sides were looking for their rhythm on offense. Struggling to convert jump shots, the Sagehens utilized their height advantage and attacked the paint to get their offense going. Leading 13-9 with 11:44 left in the half, Micah Elan attempted to drive for a bucket, but saw his attempt roll out. Pavle Rohalj leapt up for the rebound and softly rolled it back in while in midair for the tip-in. Ahead 19-12 with 9:34 left in the half, Alex Preston found the cutting Elan in the paint for a lay-in, and later Adam Rees hit a triple from the top right corner of the perimeter to extend the lead to double digits. With 2:21 remaining, Preston managed to a hit a fadeaway from close range and Rees followed with another three-pointer to make it 33-20. The Sagehens led 35-20 at halftime.

Pomona-Pitzer's offense picked up where they left off with a 7-0 run in the beginning of the second half to go up by 20 points. After Kyle Ferreira of Cal Lutheran ended the rally with a three-pointer, the Sagehens answered back with a put-back layup from Preston and a corner three by Elan off a pass by Rees to run the score up 49-27. The Kingsmen never threatened for the remainder of the game as Corbin Koch hit the dagger three with 1:25 left in the game to make it 76-55. The Sagehens ran the clock down to seal the 78-61 victory.

Up Next: The Sagehens will next host Whittier College on Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m.