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Second Half Struggles For CMS Give Redlands Win And SCIAC Regular Season Title

Second Half Struggles For CMS Give Redlands Win And SCIAC Regular Season Title
Jack Earley (photo by Jack Hancock)

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Much like in the first meeting of the season, a five-minute stretch in the second half cost the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's basketball team the game against the University of Redlands. On Saturday night, the five-minute lapse not only cost CMS the game, it also cost the team a chance to win the SCIAC Co-Championship as Redlands pulled away for a 76-64 win at Ducey Gymnasium in the SCIAC regular season finale for both teams.

With the loss, CMS dropped to 17-7 and 13-3 in SCIAC while Redlands improved to 20-5, 15-1 in SCIAC play. The win also gives Redlands the No. 1 seed in the SCIAC Tournament while CMS has earned the No. 2 seed and will host a game on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of Tuesday's game between Whittier and Pomona-Pitzer.

In the second half, CMS held a 49-44 lead after freshman guard Jack Earley hit a bucket with 9:56 remaining. Just as the first game in January, Redlands then got going on offense. In January an 11-3 run gave Redlands the advantage and on Saturday night it was a 16-3 run that turned a five point deficit into an eight-point lead at 60-52 with 5:38 in the game.

During the run, Redlands hit four-three pointers, two of which came from guard Ricky Peetz. He finished with 13 points on the night and was one of four Redlands' players in double-figures. Forward Josiah Brensdal had a team-high 16 points for Redlands.

Senior guard Cody Mivshek ended the run with a bucket to narrow the Redlands lead to 60-54 with 4:14 remaining which is as close as CMS would get the rest of the night.

CMS trailed for much of the first half as well but an 11-2 run to close out the half gave CMS the lead 31-29 at the break. Mivshek, junior guard Remy Pinson and freshman forward Jason Harrington each had three-pointers during the run. Pinson had a game-high 17 points for CMS to go along with three assists while Mivshek added 16 points. CMS was held to 36 percent shooting on the night.

Box score: http://www.cmsathletics.org/sports/mbkb/2012-13/boxscores/20130216_yrxo.xml

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