Men’s Hoops Set To Host Whittier In SCIAC Tournament Semifinal Friday Night

Men’s Hoops Set To Host Whittier In SCIAC Tournament Semifinal Friday Night

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's basketball team's quest for their fourth SCIAC Tournament title and fourth NCAA postseason bid in five seasons begins on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Ducey Gym as the Stags host Whittier College in the first round of SCIAC Postseason Tournament play. CMS closed out the regular season at 17-7 overall and 13-3 in SCIAC play.

The winner of Friday's game between CMS and Whittier goes on to play the winner of the other semifinal game between No. 1 Redlands and No. 4 Pomona-Pitzer in the SCIAC Championship Game. The championship game will be held on the home court of the highest remaining seed on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets for the Stags' first round home game will be $5. Students/faculty/staff with proper ID, as well as children under 12 will be free. Directions to Ducey Gymnasium can be found here. If you can't make it to the game, a live broadcast of the game with audio and video can viewed here.

No. 1 Redlands (20-5, 15-1 SCIAC)
Redlands enters the SCIAC Tournament on a nine-game winning streak in conference play to end the season with its lone SCIAC loss coming on the road to Chapman, 74-69 on Jan. 16. At home this season the Bulldogs are 10-1, the lone loss coming to Buena Vista. This is the third-straight trip to the SCIAC Postseason Tournament for Redlands. The Bulldogs are led by Josiah Brensdal who averaged 13.1 points and 7.4 points during the regular season. Three other Redlands players average double-figure scoring.

No. 2 CMS (17-7, 13-3 SCIAC)
CMS enters the SCIAC Tournament having won 17 of its last 20 games after starting the season 0-4. At home this season, CMS is 8-4, 8-1 in SCIAC games. The Stags have been to the SCIAC Tournament all six years of its existence and have won the tournament three times. CMS is 3-3 this season against Redlands (0-2), Pomona-Pitzer (2-0) and Whittier (1-1). Senior guard Cody Mivshek averaged a team-high 13.7 points and 5.2 rebounds during the regular season. Other double-figure scorers for CMS are sophomore guard Jack Grodahl (12.2 ppg) and junior guard Remy Pinson (10 ppg).

No. 3 Whittier (14-11, 10-6 SCIAC)
The Poets earned the No. 3 seed by defeating Pomona-Pitzer on the road 69-64 on Tuesday night. Whittier closed out the regular season by winning nine of its last 11 SCIAC games. This is the second-straight appearance in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament for Whittier. In 2012, Whittier lost 60-53 at Pomona-Pitzer in the semifinals. Whittier is 3-3 this season against Redlands, CMS and Pomona-Pitzer with wins against CMS and Pomona-Pitzer (2) to go along with a one-point loss to Redlands at home on Feb. 2. The Poets are led by junior forward Chris Barnes-Williams who averaged 16.1 points during the regular season.

No. 4 Pomona-Pitzer (14-10, 9-7 SCIAC)
Pomona-Pitzer earned the No. 4 seed, but struggled at times down the final stretch of the season by going 3-3. This is the fourth trip in five seasons to the SCIAC Postseason Tournament for the Sagehens. In 2012 Pomona-Pitzer lost in SCIAC Finals to CMS 60-54. Six of Pomona-Pitzer's seven SCIAC losses this season have come to CMS, Redlands and Whittier. The Sagehens are led by sophomore guard Kyle McAndrews who averaged 14.6 points during the regular season. The Sagehens have two other players who averaged double-figure scoring.

SCIAC Men's Basketball Postseason Tournament Schedule
Friday, Feb. 22 @ 7:30 p.m. (Semifinal games)
No. 1 Redlands vs. No. 4 Pomona-Pitzer @ Redlands
No. 2 CMS vs. No. 3 Whittier @ CMS

Saturday, Feb. 23 @ 7:30 p.m. (Championship Game)
Winner of No. 1/4 game vs. winner of No. 2/3 game*

*Championship Game will be hosted by highest remaining seed.

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