November 26, 2011

Balanced Offense Leads Sagehens To 74-54 Win Over Dominican

Claremont, Calif. - Junior forward Po Grant (Brookline, Mass. - pictured) led a balanced offense with 15 points on five three-pointers as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team earned a 74-54 win over Dominican (Ill.) on Friday evening.

With the win, the Sagehens move to 1-1 on the season, with the two loss coming in double-overtime to the Division III national champions, St. Thomas (Minn.). Dominican falls to 0-4 on the year with the loss.

Sophomore forward Jake Klewer (Tucson, Ariz.) and freshman guard Michael Cohen (Tarzana, Calif.) both continued their hot shooting for the Sagehens, as Klewer had 13 points on 5-8 shooting and Cohen added 12 points on 5-9 shooting from the floor. Senior guard R.J. Maki (Claremont, Calif.) added 10 points on 4-5 shooting to go along with four assists and no turnovers off the bench.

Pomona-Pitzer had control for most of the game after jumping out to a 24-11 lead, but had to keep fighting off Dominican rallies. A three-pointer from senior guard Danny Brown (Eugene, Ore.) just before the halftime buzzer gave the Sagehens a 35-24 lead at the break. Klewer had a dunk and a put-back to give Pomona-Pitzer a 41-26 lead early in the second half, but the Stars cut the lead down to 44-38 on a Kyle Sherwin lay-up with 13:52 to play.

Freshman guard Jack Klukas (Eden Prairie, Minn.) then helped put the game away for good with a personal 7-0 run that turned a 47-39 lead into a 54-39 Sagehen advantage, as he hit two foul shots, a three-pointer, and a fast break lay-up in a span of just under two minutes for his only seven points of the game.

Dominican did get the lead down to 58-48 with 6:01 to go, but Grant answered with a three-pointer, and Maki scored twice as the shot clock expired on a lay-up and a three-pointer to get the lead up to 18, and the Sagehens were able to cruise from there.

Pomona-Pitzer shot 56.3 percent from the floor on the day (27-48) and had 18 assists and only nine turnovers as a team, while allowing zero second chance points as Dominican had only three offensive rebounds as a team. Logan Harris was the only player on the Stars in double figures with 16 points.

The Sagehens will be back in action tomorrow on the second day of the David Wells Classic, when they travel play St. Olaf at 5 p.m. at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.