CLAREMONT, CA – A late surge lifted the Pomona-Pitzer men's basketball team to a 72-56 win over Caltech on Saturday evening.
Caltech came out in the first half with one of their best shooting performances of the season. The Beavers knocked in 60.9 percent (14-for-23) of their field goal attempts. The Beavers opened up a 10-point lead at 23-13 when Michael Edwards nailed a three-pointer with 9:06 left in the half.
During that opening half Andrew Hogue scored 13 points while Edwards recorded 11. The duo combined to go 11-for-16 from the floor. While the Beavers were scorching the nets the home team stayed in the game by closing the half on an 18-7 scoring run. Caltech went into intermission holding a 30-28 lead.
In a nip-and-tuck second half the lead changed hands on six occasions while the score was tied nine different times. The roles got reserved a bit in the second half as Pomona-Pitzer started hitting from the field and Caltech cooled off.
For the first 13 minutes of the second half neither team held a lead larger than five points then, with 7:18 left in the game, momentum started swinging toward Pomona-Pitzer. With the scoreboard reading 52-52, the home team scored 10 of the next 12 points to grab a 62-54 lead with 3:45 left.
On Caltech's next possession, a Kc Emezie lay-up steamed the tide for a moment as Caltech cut the deficit to six points. However, those proved to be the final points Caltech scored on the evening. Pomona-Pitzer hit all eight of their free throws down the stretch to help them seal the win.
Pomona-Pitzer hit 50 percent (13-of-26) of their field goal attempts in the second half while Caltech went 9-for-29 (31 percent) from the field.
Hogue scored a game high 21 points on the evening. It is the second time this season the sophomore has hit for 20-plus points in a game. His nine made field goals set a personal best effort. Edwards and Emezie chipped in 15 and 11 points respectively.
The Sagehens were led in scoring by Kyle McAndrews' 18-point effort.
Caltech will travel to Redlands on Wednesday evening for a 7 p.m. tip-off with the Bulldogs.