Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Basketball Team Clinches SCIAC Regular Season Title

A Pomona-Pitzer basketball player strides forward, clenches his fist and shouts triumphantly. He is wearing a white uniform with blue and orange accents. The basketball court and crowd are blurred in the backdrop.
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Claremont, Calif. (February 21, 2023)—The No. 24 Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens earned their fourth-straight SCIAC Regular Season Title with a 75–68 win over No. 19 CMS on Tuesday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.

Season Impact: with the win, the Sagehens clinch the SCIAC Regular Season Title and earned their fifth 20-win season in program history to improve to 20–5 overall and 15–1 in SCIAC play.

The Sagehens were led by Brendan Mora PO’23 and Joe Cookson PO’25, who both went for 20-point games against their conference rival. Mora notched a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds while Cookson scored a team-high 21 points. Ty Bergman PO’25 fell one rebound shy of a double-double with 14 points and nine boards while Pete Boyle PO’25 chipped in with eight.

The two teams alternated leads early in the first half. The Sagehens made a small run to end the first half after Bergman, Mora, and Pitzer’s Peyton Mullarkey ’25 hit shots to make it 38–32 heading into halftime.

Pomona-Pitzer opened up a huge run with three-pointer after three-pointer falling for the Sagehens. CMS started to chip away at the lead and got it under 10 with a 61–54 lead for the Sagehens with just under nine minutes to play.

The Stags crawled all the way back and got the game to a one-possession game at 65–63, but the Sagehen defense stepped up while Cookson and Mora continued to score.

The Sagehens led by 71–68 as Hayden Moser PO’24 walked to the free-throw line. Moser went on to bury both free throws to extend the lead to 73–68, and the Sagehens continued to stay solid from the stripe and earned their fourth-straight SCIAC Regular Season Title.

Adapted from the Pomona-Pitzer Athletics press release “Sagehens Clinch SCIAC Regular Season Title With 7568 Win Over CMS.” To learn more, please visit Sagehen Athletics.

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