CLAREMONT, CA. – Junior Alex Preston set a new Pomona-Pitzer single game record for points with 42 as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team defeated Pacific University 117-95 in game one of the David Wells Classic on Friday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 2-2 overall and are 2-0 at home this season. The Sagehens eclipsed 100 points for the second-straight game, both of which were at home
The Sagehens were led by Preston who had the best night of any Sagehen in program history with 42 points and 13 rebounds. This is the most points a Sagehen has scored in any game since last season when Micah Elan dropped 39 in a double overtime thriller over then No. 3 Whitman College. Overshadowed by Preston's monster night but not to go unnoticed was senior Micah Elan who nearly notched a triple-double with 16 points, nine assists and nine rebounds. Senior Adam Rees also got in the double digits for scoring with 12 points and six rebounds and first-year Brendan Mora made a huge impact off of the bench with 16 points and 16 rebounds for his first career double-double.
The Sagehens absolutely dominated inside as they outrebounded the Boxers 58-29 and outscored them in the paint 64-22. The Sagehens also had 43 fastbreak points largely due to the system ran by Pacific.
The Boxers system was working early on in the game after three quick threes on consecutive possessions from the Boxers off of Sagehen turnovers gifted Pacific with an early 12-3 lead.
Pacific held the lead for the majority of the first half but the Sagehens figured out how to slow down the Boxers' offense and closed the gap. Pomona-Pitzer eventually came all the way back and took their first lead of the half after a Preston dunk at 35-34 with 5:38 remaining.
The Sagehens and Boxers kept it close for the remainder of the first half but Preston absolutely took over the first half for the Sagehens down low and ended with 22 first-half points and nine rebounds to give the Sagehens a 51-46 lead heading into the locker room.
After hitting just two three-pointers in the first half, the Sagehens started out red hot from three after Elan, sophomore Matthew Eberle and senior Jack Boyle all hit a three-pointer on consecutive possessions to take a quick 60-48 lead in the second half. The Boxers got back into their system and forced the Sagehens to turn the ball over into some quick offense with two-straight threes to cut the lead down to 62-58 at the under 16-minute media timeout.
The Boxers got cold from three in the second half and the Sagehens kept their offense going as they continued to beat the press and get easy looks at the basket. Pacific had no answer for the Preston who continued to be a human highlight reel on both sides of the ball.
Once Pacific went cold from three, there was no chance the Boxers could keep up with the Sagehens at the rate that Pomona-Pitzer was scoring the basketball. Elan, Mora and Preston combined for 74 of the Sagehens' 117 points as the Sagehens took care of Pacific at home.
Up Next: The Sagehens will continue the David Wells Classic as they next take on Lewis & Clark at Roberts Pavilion on Saturday, November 30th at 4:00 p.m.