Stags Beat Sagehens 57-55 in Thriller!
Watch the amazing ending to the game here. Game Recap
by Rishi Sangani
Remy Pinson made a lay-up with 0.5 seconds left, and the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps staved off an upset bid, coming away with a 57-55 victory at cross campus rival Pomona-Pitzer on Wednesday night.
The Stags (15-0, 4-0 SCIAC) came into the game ranked 12th in the nation (D3) and undefeated in conference play. Chris Blees, the Stags star power forward, tried to lead the team with 11 points and four assists and led the team with two steals. Blees, who averages over 16 points-per-game, overcame a slow first half where he only scored five points. Sophomore guard Tyler Gaffaney scored 11 points, including a huge three-pointer with 27.7 seconds in the game to give the Stags a 54-50 lead, a shot which solidified the Stags win and gave them their largest lead of the night. The Stags had only seven points off their usually deep bench, compared to 26 by Pomona-Pitzer.
The Sagehens (8-6, 3-1 SCIAC) battled back and forth with the favored Stags, hitting 44% (8-18) behind the arc. The three leading scorers for the Sagehens were all freshmen: Kyle McAndrews (9 points), Michael Cohen (12 points), and Jack Klulas (13 points).
After Gaffaney’s three pointer, Sagehen forward Jake Klewer made a lay-up with 20.1 seconds left to make it 54-52, and Pomona-Pitzer followed with a quick foul on Blees. Blees made one of two three free-throws to increase the Stags lead to three. After pushing the ball up-court, Coach Katsiaficas called a time-out with 8.9 seconds left. On the inbound, Pomona freshman Jack Klukas, left open on the far side of the court, nailed a three-pointer with 6.1 seconds left to tie the game at 55 apiece, but a quick inbound pass let Pinson take the ball from baseline to baseline and make the game-winning left-handed lay-up.
These two rivals will play each other once more in conference play on Feburary 21st, this time at CMS’ Ducey Gymnasium. Each team continues SCIAC play on Saturday, with the Sagehens hosting La Verne (4-11, 1-3), while the Stags visit Whittier (11-4, 3-1).
Pre Game Coverage
By Anderson Wright
Tonight at 7:30pm, the CMS Stags will travel south of Sixth Street to play the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens at Pomona's Rains Center. The Stags have been perfect, with a current 14-0 record (3-0 in SCIAC). 8-5 Pomona-Pitzer, however, also shares a 3-0 in-conference record. These Claremont foes have a rich history of competitive games against one another. The stands will be packed, the crowd will be wild, and the game - as always - will be one to remember. If you can't join us at Pomona, listen live as these cross-street rivals battle for first place in SCIAC!
There will be two broadcasts tonight. The CMS broadcast is audio-only, and coverage will begin at 7:20 PM as play starts at 7:30 PM. You can catch all of the live action on this page! Today's broadcast will be brought to you by Nathan Falk (CMC '14) and Anderson Wright (Pomona '12).
The link to the CMS broadcast can be found at this link:
The Pomona-Pitzer broadcast has both audio and video. Nathan Barnett (Pomona '11) and Rishi Sangani (Pomona '15). Coverage will begin at 7:15 for the 7:30 start and the link is:
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