Stags Clean Up Oxy, 75-64

Post Game Summary By Jenny Phillips

Coming off the season’s first lost, the 15th ranked Stags defeated the Occidental Tigers 75-64 at home tonight. The Stags got off to a slow start in the first quarter, going back and forth with the Tigers. Later in the first half, the Stags were able to pull away a little and go into halftime with a 6 point lead. CMS came out strong in the second half and was able to increase their lead to 15 points. The Tigers battled hard and managed to cut the lead to 6, but were unable to hold off the Stags. Down 9 points with under 2 minutes left in the game, the Tigers started fouling. The Stags, who have struggled with free throws all season, were maintained concentration and easily held on for the win.

Mani Maceira of the Stags only had 2 points in the first half. After picking up 2 early fouls and a 3rd later on in the first half, he only saw 4 minutes in the first half. Maceira came out strong in the second half, hitting 6-7 of his field goals and managing to not foul out. Chris Blees and Tyler Gaffaney tied for Stags’ leading scorers with 14 points apiece. Gaffaney hit 3-4 on 3 pointers and was 3-3 on free throws. Gaffaney also led the Stags in rebounds with 5 tonight.

Oxy’s star Deshun McCoy had a big game as usual, picking up 21 points and 5 boards. Despite his better-than-average game, McCoy was unable to lead the Tigers to a win, as Oxy continues its 4 game conference losing streak. The Stags will play again at home on Saturday night against Cal Lu at 7:00 pm.

Pre-game Coverage

By Nathan Falk

Tonight in Ducey Gymnasium, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags return home and will try to bounce back after suffering their first loss of the season last Saturday. The 15th best team in the nation went undefeated for 15 games before being stopped by the Whittier Poets in a double overtime thriller this weekend. The Stags (15-1, 4-1 SCIAC) will take on the Tigers of Occidental College, a team that has a lot of talent despite their 7-9 overall record (2-3 SCIAC).

Led by NCAA Preseason All-American Chris Blees and Senior Mani Maceira who has returned to CMC to finish his degree, the Stags put up the best season start in school history this year, and climbed as high as #12 in the country when they defeated rival Pomona-Pitzer last Wednesday with a buzzer-beating lefty lay-up by Sophomore Remy Pinson.

The Tigers are coming off of three consecutive conference losses and are desperately looking to end the skid. Senior Jack Hanley and Junior Deshon McCoy are bound to put up big numbers for the tigers, while sophomore Kris Montoya is back after an achilles injury that kept him out of the first 10 games of the season, so look for him to make an impact tonight.

This is the first time these two teams have faced each other this season, so look for a close, physical game as both teams look to get back in the win column. Join us live in Claremont at 7:20!

Live Broadcast

Audio and video 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 Jenny Phillips (Scripps '12).

The CMS broadcast can be found at this link:

http://www.firstteambroadcasting.com/events/2012/01/25/mens-basketball-cms-vs-occidental/ 

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