Men's Basketball Close Out 2016 with an 86-64 Loss to Pomona-Pitzer in California

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

CLAREMONT, California – Husson Men's Basketball completed their West Coast trip, and 2016, with a 22-point loss to Pomona-Pitzer.

Despite a stellar individual performance from Senior Raheem Anderson (28 points, five assists) and tallying more shots from the floor than their opponents, the Eagles were outmatched by the Sagehens' all-around team display. The Eagles attempted 61 shots compared to 51 for the Sagehens, but the Sagehens converted 50.9% of those shots while the Eagles only managed a 37.7% success rate. Fouls were also a problem for Husson as they allowed Pomona-Pitzer 27 shots from the line, which the Sagehens converted for 22 total points.

Pomona-Pitzer jumped out to an early 11-0 lead in the 1st half, before Anderson and Mitch Worcester combined for a quick seven points to claw Husson back into the game at 14-7. That was as close as the Eagles would get to the Sagehens during the game, and the 1st half ended with Pomona-Pitzer comfortably on top at 42-25.

The Eagles performed better in the 2nd half, scoring 39 points, but the Sagehens continued their strong all-around play, padding their lead with another 44 points. The game ended 86-64, with Pomona-Pitzer picking up the deserved victory. 

Anderson led all scorers with those 28 points, including four three-pointers, but the Sagehens' Daniel Rosenbaum and Corbin Koch were close behind with 24 points and 19 points, respectively. Rosenbaum also led all players with 11 rebounds and, along with Anderson, five assists. Worcester finished the match with 10 points, but no other Husson player finished above six points.

The Eagles will hope to get back to winning ways in 2017 as they return to Bangor for a four-game home stretch, starting Saturday, January 7, against Maine-Maritime, whom they defeated away from home 90-76 in early December.