CLAREMONT, Calif. – A cold shooting night from the field led to the first conference loss of the season for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s basketball team, a 64-57 defeat at Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday night at Voelkel Gymnasium. The loss dropped CMS to 15-5 overall and 10-1 in SCIAC, one game ahead of Pomona-Pitzer in the loss column for the conference lead.
CMS stayed close throughout the game despite shooting 38 percent from the field for the game and 31 percent in the first half. Senior guard Remy Pinson kept CMS in the game early with the first 12 points of the game for the Stags. A layup by sophomore center Nick Lund with 9:51 in the first half was the first basket for CMS by a player other than Pinson. Pomona-Pitzer’s largest lead of the first half was six points on a handful of occasions.
With eight seconds left in the first half, CMS senior guard Tyler Gaffaney tied the game at 27, but Kyle McAndrews hit a three-pointer as time expired in the half to give Pomona-Pitzer the three point lead.
In the second half, CMS led 45-43 with 10:08 left in the game on a put-back by freshman forward Riley Hall, the last time they would lead. Pomona-Pitzer then ran off 10-straight points over a six minute stretch led by McAndrews who had eight during the decisive run.
Pinson had a game-high 28 points for CMS while Gaffaney added 14 with six rebounds and six assists and Lund had seven points off the bench.
McAndrews led Pomona-Pitzer with 18 points.
Next up for CMS is a road game at Caltech on Feb. 12.
Audio and video coverage will begin at 4:50 PM and play starts at 5:00 PM. Today’s broadcast will be brought to you by Nathan Falk (CMC ’14) and Jordan Shaheen (PO ’17) with Dante Quazzo (CMC ’15) producing.
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Pre Game Coverage
By Nathan Falk
The Stags (15-4, SCIAC 10-0) are coming off a 23 point win over Occidental on Wednesday night, while the Sagehens (15-6, SCIAC 10-2) had a big win against Whittier this week. While the Sagehens have had a good year so far, they trail the Stags, who lead the SCIAC rankings, largely due to their senior talent and leadership. Tyler Gaffaney ’14, the senior out of Mill Valley who returned after suffering a knee injury that kept him out all last season has been averaging over 18 points and 34 minutes a game, and Remy Pinson ’14 has been shooting the lights out in Conference play, leading the league with his 64% success rate from 3-point range. The Sagehens, who had a young squad last year, have shown offensive prowess so far this season. Led by upperclassmen Kyle McAndrews, John Weiss, Michael Cohen and Jake Klewer, who all average over ten points per game.
This is the second meeting between these two rivals this season. On December 11th, CMS held off Pomona-Pitzer 65-59, in what may have been the last meeting between these two teams in Ducey Gymnasium. CMS took a commanding lead early, but had to defend it throughout the second half as the Sagehens continued to keep it close, and refused to go away. Last year, the CMS Stags beat the Sagehens both times. On January 23rd, Pomona Junior Kyle McAndrews (then a sophomore) led his team with 22 points, but was outmatched by CMS’s Jack Grodahl ‘15 who came off the bench and made six 3-pointers in a row, finishing with a total of 28 points and leading the Stags to a 65-58 victory. On February 13th, the Stags came back from a double-digit first half deficit to beat the Sagehens 65-54 at Pomona’s Voelkel Gym. Remy Pinson ’14 had back to back three-pointers to give CMS its first lead of the game, then Jack Grodahl once again went off, finishing with 17 points to lead the Stags.
In the 2011-2012 season, these two teams faced off three times. In the last seconds of game one, Remy Pinson drove baseline to baseline and ended the game with a buzzer-beating layup, giving the Stags a thrilling victory. But a month later, the Sagehens took their revenge: after Pinson hit a clutch 3 pointer to give the Stags a two-point lead with less than 10 seconds to go, Pomona’s Kyle McAndrews put up a last second 3 pointer from the corner at the buzzer that missed. BUT, the whistle blew and Remy Pinson was called for a foul that sent McAndrews to the line and the freshman sunk all three free throws to give the Sagehens the victory. Later that very same week, these two teams met again for the third and final time. As was to be expected, it was also a nail-biter. The Stags led by seven with 1:37 to play, but then PP hit two back-to-back shots to cut the lead to two with 40 seconds left. The Sagehens began to foul the Stags, but CMS hit five of six free-throws in the final seconds to hold off Pomona-Pitzer and keep them out of the NCAA tournament.
This is bound to be a close game between two strong teams in one of the best rivalries in all of D3 athletics, so if you are planning to attend, be sure to get there early. Otherwise, tune in to the live broadcast!