The top-seeded Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) men's basketball secured their sixth Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Tournament title Saturday afternoon when it defeated third-seeded Pomona-Pitzer, 86-62 Saturday evening at Roberts Pavilion on the campus of CMS.
With the win, CMS improves to 19-7 overall and earns the SCIAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship which will be announced early this week. Pomona-Pitzer (15-12) will await a possible at-large selection to the NCAA tournament. Watch the NCAA Selection Show Live at 9:30 a.m.
CMS was efficient from the field in the first half, shooting 57.1% from the floor and 64.3% from long distance highlighted by nine treys en route to a 20-point 49-29 lead after 20 minutes of play. Michael Scarlett netted 15 points for the Stags, while Scott Lynds - the tournament's Most Valuable Player - added 14 in the first half. Pomona-Pitzer was led by Alex Preston who scored 10 points off the bench in the first stanza, while Corbin Koch added nine for the Sagehens.
In the second half, CMS pulled away, holding Pomona-Pitzer scoreless through the first 2:21 of the second half to help the Stags post a lead of as many as 30.
Lynds finished the evening 12-for-17 from the field, highlighted by a 5-for-10 effort from three-point range as he poured in a game-high 299 points. Scarlett added 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting with four treys, while Miles President chipped in nine points. Kendrick Morris added 12 points and six rebounds, while Jack Ely and Maxwell Kirsch secured five rebounds each.
The Sagehens were led by Micah Elan's 16-point, six-rebound showing, while Preston finished with 15 points in the loss. Koch added 11 points, while Daniel Rosenbaum and Adam Rees tallied nine and eight points respectively.