The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags improved to 4-0 in conference and 8-6 overall with a 68-61 victory at Ducey Gymnasium on Wednesday night. The Sixth Street Rivalry, as it as known, was as intense as ever with a capacity crowd of 1200 and a close finish.
After falling behind early 20-14, the Stags pulled it back to 21-21, and after falling behind again, a clutch long two-point shot from Beau Heidrich (SR, Woodside) tied the game going into the locker room 28-28.
The Stags surged in the second half, however, exploding for 40 points and playing efficiently, with discipline, and by spreading the ball around. Patrick Lacey (GR, Orangevale) lead the way with 13 points, but two other Stags, Kevin Sullivan (SO, Beaverton, OR) and University of Portland transfer Cody Mivshek (SO, Fort Collins, CO [pictured], also scored in double figures. Mivshek also led the team with eight rebounds including four on the offensive end.
Xavyr Moss (PO '13) lead the Sagehens with 18 points and 8 rebounds, but Pomona-Pitzer was hurt by 11 turnovers, to just five assists, and they put the Stags in the bonus early in the second half. CMS delivered from the line, shooting 22 of 27 from the charity stripe including 19 of 23 in the second half. The Sagehens struggled to rebound on the defensive end, allowing 10 Stag offense boards.
CMS lead by as many as 11 in the second half, and P-P cut the lead down to four with less than 30 seconds left, but ultimately, CMS hit their free throws down the stretch to hold on with a 68-61 victory.
CMS now goes on the road at Caltech on January 22nd and La Verne on the 26th before returning home to face Redlands on Saturday, January 29th.
The two teams face-off again to close the regular season on February 22 at Pomona's Rains Center.