CLAREMONT, Calif. – Pomona-Pitzer overcame a solid effort from Ryan Elmquist in knocking off Caltech 60-54 on Wednesday evening in a SCIAC men's basketball match-up.
Elmquist tied his season high with a 28-point performance. He went 10-of-19 from the floor while nailing all but one of his seven shots from the foul line. The senior also tied for game high honors with a 10-rebound effort.
In the opening half the Beavers held a 16-15 lead with 11:41 left in the opening period. During that opening spurt Caltech nailed their first four three-pointers to aid in their early advantage. However, in a stanza that featured seven lead changes and six ties the home squad slowly built their advantage before heading into the locker room.
Caltech's final first half edge came at the 10:44 mark when Collin Murphy's lay-up gave the Beavers an 18-17 lead. With the score tied at 26-26 with just over five minutes left, the Sagehens scored the final seven points of the half in taking a 33-26 lead at the halftime buzzer.
The Beavers offense came out strong in the second half as they outscored Pomona-Pitzer 17-8 in taking a 43-41 lead with 10:41 remaining in forcing a Sagehens timeout. Coming out of the timeout the home team responded with seven consecutive points as they took a 48-43 lead with 8:48 left. Caltech quickly responded and got their deficit down to 51-50 after an Elmquist free throw with 6:44 remaining.
Pomona-Pitzer scored the next five points capped off by a Xavyr Moss three-pointer at the shot clock buzzer with 3:12 left in the contest. Caltech fought back with four straight points and when Elmquist grabbed a defensive rebound with just over 40 seconds left the Beavers had a chance to tie or take the lead. However, Pan Wang was called for an offensive foul on a drive to the basket on Caltech's possession.
Forced to foul, the Beavers sent Moss to the foul line with 13 seconds left. The sophomore drained both shots from the charity stripe to put the Sagehens back up by four. Mike Edwards missed a three-pointer on the ensuing possession and Pomona-Pitzer free throws completed the game's scoring.
Jake Klewer scored a team best 21 points to lead the Sagehens efforts while Moss added 16 point to aid in the winning effort.