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LOS ANGELES — The Occidental men's basketball team made an early push in the second half to cut Pomona-Pitzer's double-digit lead to six points, but couldn't crawl all the way back in the game, falling 61-47 on the road on Saturday.
The Tigers struggled with some major shooting woes in the first half, shooting just 21 percent from the field as they fell behind 27-15. Oxy played much better in the second half, shooting 56 percent from the field and scoring 32 points.
Oxy lost the game on the boards. The Tigers were outrebounded 49-30 and gave up 18 offensive boards.
Zach Baines came on strong in the second half with a couple of baskets, finishing with 18 points. Austin DeWitz chipped in 12 points, Jonny Crosthwaite added six points and Ryan Kaneshiro had four points, five assists and four rebounds.
Daniel Rosenbaum and Adam Rees led four Pomona-Pitzer players in double figures with 14 points each. Alex Preston had 13 off the bench and Micah Elan had 12.
Season Impact: Oxy falls to 18-6 overall and 11-4 in SCIAC play. The Tigers are currently tied with Pomona-Pitzer for second place and can clinch the No. 2 seed in the four-team SCIAC Postseason tournament with a win or a Pomona-Pitzer loss.
Next Game: The Tigers finish the regular season on Tuesday against Redlands at home.Follow Oxy Athletics on Twitter Sign Up for Newsletters Watch on Youtube Follow us on Instagram