ORANGE, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Chapman 66-55 on Saturday afternoon at the Hutton Sports Center.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 9-2 overall and 2-0 in SCIAC play.
The Sagehens were led by senior Adam Rees who led the squad with 15 points. Junior Alex Preston notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds and senior Micah Elan added 12 points in the win.
The Sagehens scored just 66 points in the win, which is their second lowest total in a win this season after their 51-48 win over CMS. The Sagehens defense held up against the Panthers as they surrendered just 55 points and held Chapman to just 37.5% from the field and 31.6% from three. The Panthers and Sagehens stayed just about even in the paint with Pomona-Pitzer holding a slight 28-26 advantage but the Sagehens outrebounded Chapman 37-25.
Chapman jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the ball game with some quick makes and solid defense early on. Pomona-Pitzer regrouped and got the offense going and immediately erased the deficit with a 14-0 run to take a 14-7 lead with just under 14 minutes to play in the first half.
Chapman responded with a small run of their own and came back to tie the game at 17-17, but the Sagehens widened the gap in the later minutes of the first half and took at 30-22 lead after a Stephen Blomstrom three with 4:16 left into halftime.
The Panthers cut into the lead and got within striking distance at 32-29 with just over a minute remaining but the Sagehens held onto the lead late in the first half and went into halftime with a 34-29 lead.
The Panthers kept the game close in the early minutes of the second half but the Sagehens never let Chapman tie the game or take the lead throughout the entire second half. Pomona-Pitzer went up 10 at 54-44 with 8:21 left to play after a pair of Elan free throws and then took their largest lead of the game at 14 points at 61-47 after a Jack Boyle three with 5:37 left to go.
The Panthers tried to make a late push but the Sagehen defense stayed strong and Pomona-Pitzer pushed its win streak to nine games.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to SCIAC opponent La Verne on Wednesday, January 8th at 7:00 p.m.