CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team came away with a 75-63 win over Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Chapman on Saturday afternoon at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: with the win, the Sagehens improve to 15-4 overall and 8-2 in SCIAC play.
The Sagehens were led by senior Micah Elan who dropped a game-high 31 points for his fifth game 30+ point game of the season. The only other Sagehen in double-digits scoring was senior James Kelbert who had 13 points and 15 rebounds in the win while first-year Brendan Mora came off of the bench with nine points and 11 boards.
The Panthers actually outshot the Sagehens from the floor and from three as Chapman finished at 40% from the floor to Pomona-Pitzer's 38.1% and 42.1% from three for Chapman while the Sagehens hit on 30.4% of their shots from beyond the arc. Pomona-Pitzer outrebounded the Panthers 43-34, had 32 points in the paint with 18 second chance points.
A slow start on offense for both teams to begin the first half as a few early turnovers by the Sagehens kept the Panthers close. Pomona-Pitzer was able to get their offense going and took an 11-4 lead with 13:54 left to play in the first half. The Sagehens went up by double-digits and kept the Panthers out of striking distance for the duration of the first half.
Pomona-Pitzer's defense was stellar in the first half and limited Chapman to just 26.1% from the field and forced five turnovers to keep Chapman to just 19 points in the first half. The Sagehens had a below average scoring total as well in the first half as they only notched 33 points but 13 points from Elan led the Sagehens into the locker room up 33-19 at the break.
The Sagehens came out and picked up where they left off in the first half and slowly began to extend its lead over the Panthers. Pomona-Pitzer went up by over 20 points after a Kelbert layup pushed the lead to 53-32 and the Sagehens went on to take their largest lead of the night at 25 points after an Elan and-one extended the lead to 58-33 with 8:47 left to play.
Chapman sparked a late comeback as they began to hit some late three and got the deficit down to just 10 points at 71-61 with 28 seconds remaining, but the big lead built by the Sagehens was enough to hold off the Panthers late to come away with the win.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel across the street as they take on CMS in the Sixth Street Rivalry on Wednesday, February 5th at 6:30 p.m.