CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball Team battled it out against the George Fox Bruins on Saturday night, but fell short in a thrilling 96-90 overtime loss. The Sagehens put on a solid offensive performance, scoring 55.0% from the field as a team, but the Bruins' ability to get to the free throw line and on-ball pressure made the difference.
Season Impact: The loss gives the Hens an 0-5 record overall while the Bruins improve to 3-1.
Five different Sagehens scored in double digits, including Daniel Rosenbaum who led the team with 21 points and nine rebounds. Corbin Koch added 17 points and six rebounds, shooting 4-for-7 from the three-point line. Winston Nelson had an incredible efficient shooting performance, going 7-for-8 from the field for 17 points. Thomas Rico led the Bruins with 36 points while Mason Green-Richards scored 22.
The Hens got hot from beyond the arc in the first half and erupted with an 11-3 run, including three 3-pointers, with 13:56 left in the period to lead 25-17. Later as the Hens led 37-31, the Bruins fought back with six straight points to tie the game at 37. Pomona-Pitzer led 41-40 at halftime.
The second half provided plenty of suspense as both teams traded baskets and were unable to spark an extended run. Trailing 78-75 with 53 seconds left, Head Coach Charles Katsiaficas called a quick timeout and Koch tied the game with a triple thanks to a pass from Adam Rees. After Rico buried a jumper to take back the lead from George Fox, Micah Elan made a jump shot with three seconds left and sent the game to overtime.
Rosenbaum opened up the scoring in overtime with a layup following an offensive rebound off his own miss, but the Bruins scored seven straight points to take an 87-82 lead. The Hens tried to close the gap, but were unable to tie the game again as the Bruins held on for a 96-90 victory.
Up Next: The Sagehens will host Life Pacific on Tuesday, November 28 at 7 p.m.