CLAREMONT, Ca. – Top-seeded Claremont-Mudd-Scripps defeated second-seeded Cal Lutheran 77-71 on Saturday evening to take the 2016-17 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) men’s basketball postseason tournament. This is the fifth overall postseason tournament title for the Stags as they last won in 2014-15
With the win the Stags improve to 22-4 on the season while the Kingsmen fall to 20-7. The Stags will represent the SCIAC with the automatic qualification to the NCAA tournament. Watch the NCAA Selection Show on Monday at 9:30 a.m. to find out where CMS will be sent for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
CMS built a 10-point lead going into halftime at 39-29 with their largest lead being 12 at 18:44 in the second half. Cal Lutheran took the lead with 11:45 left in the game at 49-48 which gave way to a back-and-forth affair for the last ten minutes. At 6:09 Miles President went to the line and sunk his two FTs to put CMS up 62-58. Tied at 67-67 with 3:27 Kendrick Morris put in two of his seventeen points to give CMS the two-point lead.
With 1:06 remaining Adrian Francis went to the line for CLU and made both to keep it a one-point contest at 70-69. After an offensive foul on CLU with 31.4 remaining gave the Stags the ball back before junior Michael Scarlett was fouled making both of his shots to give CMS a 72-69 lead. Caleb Richey from CLU made a quick bucket before Riley Hall was sent to the line draining both for CMS. CMS caused a turnover on the last CLU possession with 4.1 second left before Morris hit a bucket with 1.1 remaining while being fouled on the play to end the game with a 77-71 victory for CMS.
Scarlett had a game-high 26 points for the Stags and added four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Morris added 17 points for CMS while Hall and President each hit the double-digit mark chipping in 16 and 11 points respectively.
Cal Lutheran was led by Austin Cole with 20 points while Blake Miles added 13 points and Wolfgang Wood 12. Francis gave the Kingsmen a spark off the bench pouring in 13 points. Junior guard Richey dished out 12 assists.