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The Sagehen Report for December 17

Kyle McAndrews '15 scored the final five points of regulation to tie the score as the Men's Basketball team came back to defeat Clarke in overtime on Saturday.

Kyle McAndrews '15 scored the final five points of regulation to tie the score as the Men's Basketball team came back to defeat Clarke in overtime on Saturday.

T’was the week before Christmas, and all through the Rains, no creatures were stirring…well, except two hoops games.

It was a very slow week for Sagehen Athletics, as only two events took place, a Women’s Basketball contest against Hope International on Friday and a Men’s Basketball game against Clarke on Saturday. What the week lacked in activity, it made up for in excitement, as the men picked up a thrilling 88-84 overtime win to close out the fall semester by improving to 7-2 on the year. 

Pomona-Pitzer had to rally for the win, as it never once led in the second half. Clarke took a seven-point lead into the break and matched its largest lead of the night at nine points with 3:57 to play. A Jake Klewer ’14 dunk and five straight points from Xavyr Moss PI ’13 on a jumper and a three-pointer gave the Sagehens a timely 7-0 run to close the gap to two. Clarke seemed to answer with a three-point dagger with just over a minute to play, but Kyle McAndrews ’15 came up big in the clutch with a three-pointer and two foul shots with 4.4 seconds left to force overtime. 

Klewer, who finished the day with 18 points and 18 rebounds, put the Sagehens ahead to stay in overtime with a pair of foul shots to make the score 82-80. Pomona-Pitzer built the lead up to six points in the final minute, but Clarke hit a late three-pointer with six seconds left, and got the ball back down by three with just over three ticks left on the clock. The Sagehens fouled to prevent a tying three-point attempt, and Clarke missed the second shot on purpose down by two, but Klewer secured the clinching rebound and added two more foul shots to seal it. McAndrews finished with a game-high 22 points and Moss added 21. 

The Women’s Basketball team tried for a comeback of its own, but could not dig itself out of a deep hole as the Royals held on for a 75-56 win. The Sagehens cut a 24-point Hope International lead down to 11 in the second half, and had three chances to get the lead down to single digits, but couldn’t get any closer. Jenn Okonwko ’16 continued to provide a lift in her rookie season, as she had 11 points to reach double figures for the fourth time in her first five collegiate contests, tying for team high-honors with Alexis Sones ’13. Amelia Hummel PI ’16 added nine points on 4-of-5 shooting and six rebounds off the bench, while Juliah Shay Kim ’16 chipped in with eight, adding to the big numbers for the freshman class. 

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Happy Holidays – stay tuned for the next Sagehen Report on Jan. 7.


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