Oxy Nearly Upsets No. 25 CMS

Oxy Nearly Upsets No. 25 CMS

CLAREMONTJay Miller scored 18 points and Zach Baines added 17 and nine rebounds, but the Occidental men's basketball team came up a little short of upsetting No. 25 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in a 63-58 road loss on Tuesday.

Baines got the Tigers going in the first half with a pair of three pointers and added a key three late in the game that kept the Tigers within striking distance.

Miller was steady throughout the night, going 7 for 15 from the field.

Oxy leading scorer Andrew Johnson had a tough night, going just 2 for 12 from the field for five points. Ryan Kaneshiro scored eight points, Austin DeWitz added six and played terrific post defense against the CMS bigs, and Joe Compagno was a spark off the bench in the first half with four points.

The Tigers were tied at half 32-32 before giving up a 10-0 run to start the second half. Oxy worked its way back into the game, cutting the lead to 54-52 with 2:28 left in the game on a pair of free throws by Baines, but CMS forward Jack Ely hit a deep three at the end of the shot clock, putting the Stags back up by five points, 57-52 with 2:01 to play.

Ely, who missed all of last season with an injury and is working his way back into the lineup, had a huge game, going for a game-high 21 points on 6 for 7 shooting from the field and 7 for 7 shooting from the foul line.

Season Impact: The Tigers fall to 9-6 overall and 1-5 in conference play.

CMS improves to 11-1 and 4-0.

Next Game: Oxy travels back to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday to play Pomona-Pitzer.

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