Sullivan’s Three-Pointer Sends CMS To SCIAC Finals With 62-60 Win Over Whittier

Kevin Sullivan (Photo by John Valenzuela
Kevin Sullivan (Photo by John Valenzuela

CLAREMONT, Calif. – A three-pointer by Kevin Sullivan with 15 seconds left in the game gave the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's basketball team a 62-60 win over Whittier College in the semifinals of the SCIAC Men's Basketball Postseason Tournament on Friday night at Ducey Gym. Freshman center Shelby Lane then blocked Whittier's last-ditch shot attempt to preserve the win. With the win, CMS advances to the SCIAC Championship on Saturday night at Redlands with tip set for 7:30 p.m.

Whittier (14-12) led for most of the game and held a 47-35 lead at the 12:36 mark of the second half after a bucket by Chris Barnes-William who finished with 13 points. CMS then ran off a 22-10 run to even the score at 57-57 with 2:36 remaining after a three by Sullivan. CMS hit six of its 10 three-pointers in the game during the run including three from Sullivan who finished with a team-high 14 points, all in the second half.

Whittier led 60-59 with under a minute to play but could not seal the win as they missed all three free-throw attempts down the stretch. Whittier was led by Willie Mebane who had 15 points.

Up 19-14 at the 7:36 mark of the first half, the Poets went on a 7-0 run to take a 26-15 lead at the six minute mark. Lane ended the Poet run with a dunk and Jason Harrington added another three to answer as CMS went on a 7-0 run of its own to get within four at 26-22. Whittier built the lead back up to eight at 32-24 at halftime. Harrington had 10 points and three rebounds in 10 minutes off the bench in the first half. He joined Sullivan, Lane and Remy Pinson in double-figures for CMS.

Redlands defeated Pomona-Pitzer 88-68 in the other SCIAC semifinal after leading by just three points at halftime. Redlands has won both matchups against CMS this season.

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