CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team defeated non-conference opponent Gustavus Adolphus 110-91 on Tuesday afternoon at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 8-2 overall and stretch their win streak to eight games.
The Sagehens were led by Senior Micah Elan who recorded a double-double with 32 points and 11 assists and added five rebounds as well. Junior Alex Preston put up 24 points, senior James Kelbert added 12 points and six assists while first-year Brendan Mora and junior Pavle Rohalj added 13 and 12 respectively.
The Sagehens scored over 100 points for the third time this season as they had their offense firing on all cylinders against the Gusties. The Sagehens shot 63.4% from the floor and hit on 42.9% of their shots from beyond the arc. Pomona-Pitzer also outrebounded Gustavus Adolphus 33-28 and outscored the Gusties in the paint 64-36.
The Sagehens came out and scored the first basket of the game with a senior Adam Rees layup and never surrendered the lead to the Gusties from that point on. Although the Gusties never led in the game, they stayed close to the Sagehens and never let the lead get more than five points within the first 10 minutes of the game.
Pomona-Pitzer got the lead up to 10 points at 37-27 after a dunk by Preston with 6:44 left to go before halftime, but the Gusties cut back into the lead and got it back to five points at 39-34. The Sagehens went on a run late in the first half and a big three by Gustavus Adolphus as time expired made the Sagehens' lead 52-41 heading into the locker room.
A huge second half by Elan guided the Sagehens to another big win. The senior guard had 22 points in the second half and seven assists. The Sagehens maintained their 10-point lead through the early stages of the second half and began to expand their lead with around 13 minutes left to play after back-to-back fast break dunks by Preston extended the lead to 76-59.
Pomona-Pitzer kept its foot on the gas late in the game and took their largest lead of the game at 23 points with 2:15 left to go after a break-away dunk by Elan. The Sagehens were able to ride their big second half with 58 points in their 110-91 in their final non-conference game of the season.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next jump back into SCIAC play as they travel to Chapman on Saturday, January 4th at 2:00 p.m.