SANTA BARBARA, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball came up just short in their comeback attempt as they fell to non-conference opponent Westmont 84-76 on Saturday night at Murchison Gymnasium.
Season Impact: with the loss, the Sagehens open up the 2019 season 0-1.
The Sagehens were led by senior Micah Elan who led the team with 26 points and six rebounds.
The Sagehens shot 42.6% from the floor while Westmont hit on 49.3% of their shots but the Sagehens held an advantage from beyond the arc as they converted 37.9% of their three while Westmont shot just 28.6% from beyond the arc. The Warriors did most of their damage in the paint with 48 points to the Sagehens 24 and also converted 19 points off of the Sagehens' 15 turnovers.
Pomona-Pitzer's offense got out to a rough start as the Warriors jumped out to a 19-3 lead almost half way through the first half. Westmont built their lead throughout the first half and held their largest lead of the night at 19 points with 6:49 left before halftime. Pomona-Pitzer cut into the large lead late in the half and went into halftime trailing 42-29.
The Sagehens had a much better start in the second half as they began to find their grove offensively. Pomona-Pitzer quickly cut into the Warriors' lead and got the deficit to 10 points after a Matthew Eberle three to make it 58-48 with 12:20 left to go.
The Sagehens kept their run going and got within striking distance after Elan converted a pair of free-throws from the stripe to cut the lead down to just three points at 60-57 with 8:24 left in the second half.
Westmont bounced back and responded with an 11-2 to extend the lead back up to 71-59 with just over six minutes remaining to make the comeback attempt a little more challenging for the Sagehens. Pomona-Pitzer outscored Westmont 47-42 in the second half but the Warriors were able to hold off the Sagehens and rode their big first half to a win.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to Biola on Thursday, November 21st at 7:30 p.m.