CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Cal Lutheran 85-66 on Saturday afternoon at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 18-5 overall and 11-3 in SCIAC play.
A well shooting game by both teams with the Sagehens sitting at 54.5% from the floor and Cal Lutheran over 50% as well right at the 50% mark. Pomona-Pitzer clipped 48.4% of their three-point shots while the Kingsmen hit for 43.5%. The Sagehens took advantage inside the paint as they outrebounded Cal Lutheran 36-19 and 28 points in the paint.
The Kingsmen kept it close early on and started out with a slight lead at 11-9 inside the first five minutes of the first half. The Sagehens tied the game at 11-11 and went on to hit a three on three consecutive possessions from Kelbert, sophomore Matthew Eberle and Elan to take a 20-14 lead and forced Cal Lutheran to take a timeout.
The Sagehens began to pull away in the first half after extending their lead to 32-21 but the Kingsmen were able to get the final basket of the first half to trim the lead down to 41-34 heading into halftime.
The Kingsmen opened up the half with some early offense and got back within striking distance at 44-41 with two minutes gone in the second half. The Sagehens then went on a big 25-6 run and took their largest lead of the game at 69-47 with 10:12 left to go.
The Kingsmen started the chip away at the large deficit late but the lead was too much for them to overcome as the Sagehens held on for the win.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to Whittier College on Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00 p.m.