CLAREMONT, Calif. - In what has been an up and down season for the Cal Lutheran men's basketball team, the Kingsmen responded from a tough road loss at Caltech with a road victory against Pomona-Pitzer, 61-53, on Wednesday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
After the Sagehens scored the first basket of the game, CLU went on a 10-0 run featuring two three-pointers from Dan Wade and Austin Cole. Pomona-Pitzer rallied to get back into the game, but the Violet and Gold used another run to go into halftime up by 11, 33-22.
The Sagehens outscored the Kingsmen 31-28 in the second half but could never overcome the early first half deficit.
Offensive Highlights: Wade and Cole led CLU with 18 points after both shooting 7-for-12 from the fieldand Coby de Laveaga also reached double figures with 13. The Kingsmen knocked down six three pointers in the game with a pair coming from Wade, de Laveaga and Cole. Forward Sulker-Hall led the team with four assists.
Defensive Highlights: Connor McGuire led the team on the boards once again, pulling down a game-high 14 while also registering the only block for the Kingsmen. Kellen Birdsall was a menace on defense grabbing a game-high four steals. CLU held the Sagehens to 35.7 percent (20-for-56) shooting from the field in the game.
Opponent: Pomona-Pitzer (9-11, 4-8 SCIAC) was led by Gibson Farone-Collins who finished with a game-high 19 points, including 17 in the second half, and leading scorer Daniel Rosenbaum was held to just nine points.
Notables: Both teams entered the games with identical SCIAC records in a tight conference race. CLU improves to 5-7 and is tied with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in sixth place, yet sits just two games back from the playoff hunt with four games to play.
Cal Lutheran (9-10, 5-7 SCIAC) will square off against the Stags in a crucial matchup this Saturday, Feb. 13 on the road at 5:00 p.m.