Stags SCIAC Co-Champs After Win Over Cross-Street Rivals
The men's basketball traveled across Sixth Street to take on their cross-campus rivals, Pomona-Pitzer, on Tuesday in the last game of the SCIAC regular season and came away with a 59-44 victory. The win earned them a share of the SCIAC title as Redlands also won and both teams finished 11-3 in conference. This is the CMS' third straight title marking the first time that CMS has won three straight basketball crowns.
The Stags started the game slowly offensively with only three points in the first six and half minutes, but got the offense going to score 21 points in the next ten minutes. The Sagehens had jumped out to an early lead and held the lead past the 12 minute mark, but once the Stags' offense heated up CMS did not trail the rest of the game.
CMS led 29-21 at the half and eventually stretched their lead to 50-33 with four minutes remaining. The Sagehens, who had only scored 12 points up to that point of the half, had an offensive spurt with 11 points in the final four minutes. The Stags were able to counter the burst making four of five free throws down the stretch and Kevin Sullivan (pictured) punctuated the win with a one-hand follow dunk for the final points of the game.
Sullivan led the team with 13 points and four assists. Patrick Lacey had 12 points and Joseph Anderson had a game-high nine rebounds. Donald Okpalugo led Pomona-Pitzer with 11 points, but did all of his scoring in the first half. The Stags held the Sagehens to 34% (18-53) shooting for the game.
CMS will be the second seed in the SCIAC Tournament as Redlands earned the top seed by virtue of their two wins over CMS. The Stags will host third seeded La Verne on Friday, February 25 at 7:30. CMS won both of the teams' meetings this season, 68-55 at La Verne on January 26 and 56-48 at home on February 12. The Stags, who have appeared in all four SCIAC Tournaments, are looking to return to the championship game for the fourth straight year. If they win on Friday, they will play the winner of the Cal Lutheran @ Redlands game on Saturday at 7:30. If Redlands wins the game will be at Redlands. If Cal Lutheran wins, the game will be at CMS.