THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - As the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) men's basketball season winds down, every game is important for Cal Lutheran. Tonight, the Kingsmen were able to avenge an earlier season loss to Pomona-Pitzer by downing the Sagehens 59-57 in a close battle inside the Gilbert Arena.
While basketball was the focus on the court, the stands were full of fans and more importantly supporters of CLU alum Haley Bacon ('00) on a day when the Kingsmen and Regals teamed up to host a Leukemia Awareness Event to educate people on the disease, which her husband Tyler, an avid CLU athletics supporter, is currently battling.
Once action got underway, the teams proved to be evenly matched with another two-point final as the teams split the season series.
Although PP shot more accurately, 46.9 percent from the field with a three-point field goal clip of 50 percent, Cal Lutheran scored when it counted most, which was in the waning seconds of regulation. A Kyle Ferreira three-pointer on a pass from Caleb Richey put CLU ahead 59-57 with just over nine ticks to play. A last second PP attempt fell short, sending the bench and bleachers into celebration.
Cal Lutheran erased an early deficit to take a 27-26 advantage into the break. After the intermission, the teams exchanged buckets with the score tied three times and never separated by more than six points.
Blake Miles had a huge game for the Kingsmen, recording a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double as the only player on the floor to pull down double figure rebounds. Five of his 13 boards came at the offensive end to match the entire PP total offensive rebounds in the game. He was 5-for-6 from the floor and added a pair of free-throws.
Matching Miles with a dozen points was Richey who also added a game-high five assists, and four rebounds with two of the eight CLU steals. Both Ferreira and Wolfgang Wood finished with 14 points and two steals. Kenneth Moffett also nabbed a pair of steals, chipping in with five points as well.
Pomona-Pitzer (10-9, 6-4 SCIAC) was led by a game-high 23 points from Daniel Rosenbaum while Corbin Koch tallied 13. Mitchell Finkle led the Hens with seven rebounds.
Cal Lutheran (14-6, 7-4) remain home for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off on Thursday, Feb. 9 against Occidental inside the Gilbert Arena in another important conference contest.
Box Score: CLU 59, PP 57
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