CMS beat La Verne 56-48 at home on Saturday night to stay on top of the SCIAC standings with a 9-2 record. The Stags are again alone in first as Redlands, who CMS will travel to play on Wednesday, lost at Cal Lutheran. CMS improved to 13-8 overall while La Verne fell to 12-10.
The game was very low scoring as neither team shot well during the game and was tied at seven over ten minutes into the game. The Stags, who never trailed in the game, eventually pulled ahead with some key shots and timely free throw shooting and led 22-16 at halftime. CMS led by as many as 10 in the second half, but a stretch of poor shooting from the line kept the Leopards in the game. After starting the game 9-12 at the stripe, CMS went 8-15 over a five minute stretch near the end of the second half as La Verne cut the lead to five with 30 seconds remaining. The Stags finished strong, however, hitting five of six at the line to close the game.
Free throws were one of the key stories in the game. CMS took 24 more attempts than La Verne and converted 18 more. Although La Verne took 13 more field goals, they only made four more baskets. La Verne only shot 33% from the field with CMS only slightly better at 34%. The Stags were able to hold the Leos' top scorer, Trevor Woodland to only two points on 1-13 shooting.
CMS was led by Cody Mivshek (SO, Fort Collins, CO [pictured]). He scored 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds coming off the bench. The Stags had nine players play for at least 13 minutes with all nine scoring in the game. Trevor Hoyt led La Verne with 11 points off the bench while Austin Napolitano had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
CMS will play at Redlands at 7:30 on Wednesday, February 16. In their first matchup, Redlands won 65-55 as they shot well from all areas (48% overall, 40% on threes and 15-15 from the line) while CMS was uncharacteristically cold (23%) from beyond the three-point arc. CMS' final home game will be on Saturday, February 19 at 7:00 against Caltech.