The Sagehen Report: Week of November 28
The Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Basketball team took a big step forward this weekend by going 2-0 at the David Wells Classic, which featured some clutch shooting from its freshman class, while one of the seniors on the football team earned a prestigious postseason honor from the SCIAC.
On Friday, the Men’s Basketball team had an easy time with Dominican University, picking up a 74-54 win at Voelkel Gymnasium behind a balanced offense. Po Grant PI ’13 led the Sagehens with 15 points on five three-pointers, and was followed by Jake Klewer ’14 with 13, Michael Cohen ’15 with 12 and R.J. Maki ’11 (Claremont Graduate School ’13) with 10.
On Saturday, the game with St. Olaf, which was played at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, came right down to the wire with Pomona-Pitzer prevailing 79-76. The Sagehens led 71-59 with just under six minutes to play, but St. Olaf hit four straight three-point shots to tie it, and then took a 74-71 lead with 2:30 to play.
However, the Pomona-Pitzer freshmen stepped up in the clutch as Cohen hit a big three-pointer to tie the score with 1:01 left, and then after the Oles took a one-point lead on a free throw, Jack Klukas ’15 knocked down the game-winning three-pointer with 17 seconds left. Klewer, who was named the SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week on Tuesday for his performance last weekend against St. Thomas (Minn.), then sealed the win with a defensive rebound and two foul shots.
Cohen finished with 23 points on 8-11 shooting from the floor and 5-6 shooting from three-point territory, including 4-4 in the second half. John Weiss ’14 added a career-high 20 points, while Klewer finished with 10. The Sagehens will try to keep the wins coming when they travel to Redlands this weekend for the Lee Fulmer Tournament.
The Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Basketball team dropped both of its games at the David Wells Classic, but had some strong individual performances as it had five players in double figures in a loss to Arizona Christian. Emi Hashizume PI ’14 had a team-high 20 points, while Maria Weyhrauch ’15 had the first double-double of her young career with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Alexis Sones ’13 and Erin Edmonds PI ’14 each added 12 points, while Asha Gipson ’12, the team’s lone senior, had 10 points and eight rebounds. The Sagehens return to action Tuesday night at home (7:30 p.m.) against La Sierra.
James Lambert ’12 received a prestigious postseason honor for the Pomona-Pitzer Football team when he earned the SCIAC’s John Zinda Award, which combines academics, athletics, leadership, integrity and sportsmanship. Lambert, who carries a 3.93 GPA in economics and is in training to be a Marine Corps Officer, was also a second-team All-SCIAC selection as an offensive lineman. Luke Sweeney ’13, who finished the regular season as the leading rusher in all of NCAA Division III (177.4 yards per game), was a first-team All-SCIAC running back, while Andre Shepley ’12 was a second-team selection at defensive back.
The Pomona-Pitzer Swimming and Diving teams will be back in action this week, as the Sagehens host Whittier on Friday at 2 p.m. at Haldeman Pool, before crossing the street to face Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday morning at 10:30 p.m.