Sagehens Look To Stay Hot At Lee Fulmer Tournament

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team will look to continue its strong play when it participates in the 64th Annual Lee Fulmer Memorial Tournament this Thursday-Saturday at the University of Redlands.

The Sagehens will open play at the tournament on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. against American Sports University, and then face either La Verne or Chapman on Friday in the second round. The final day of the eight-team tournament will be Saturday, beginning with the seventh-place game at 1:30 p.m. and concluding with the championship at 7:30 p.m.

The other four teams in the field include host Redlands, which faces Pacifica in the final opening round game on Thursday (7:30 p.m.), and Arizona Christian and UC Santa Cruz, which meet at 5:30 p.m.

Pomona-Pitzer comes into the game after winning both contests at the David Wells Classic last weekend, including a thrilling 79-76 win over St. Olaf on Saturday. The Sagehens led 71-59 with six minutes to play, but had to withstand a 15-0 St. Olaf run, which gave the Oles a 74-71 lead in the final minutes. Freshman guard Michael Cohen (Tarzana, Calif.) stemmed the tide with a three-pointer to tie the score, and freshman forward Jack Klukas (Eden Prairie, Minn.) won it with a three-pointer with 17 seconds left.

Cohen has helped the Sagehens get off to a terrific start with three strong shooting performances, including 21 points in a double-overtime loss to defending national champion St. Thomas (Minn.) on Nov. 19 and 23 points on 8-11 shooting in the St. Olaf win. Sophomore forward Jake Klewer (Tucson, Ariz.) is also off to a fast start, averaging 15.3 points on 65.5 percent shooting, and a team-high 6.3 rebounds.

As a team, the Sagehens are shooting 52.1 percent through their first three games, a huge improvement from last year's 36.8 percent in the early going. Sophomore forward John Weiss (Cleveland, Ohio) is also in double figures at 11.3 points per game, while shooting 57.9 percent from the floor. Pomona-Pitzer is also shooting an even 50 percent from three-point territory, and 77.1 percent from the line as a team.

After concluding play at the Fulmer Tournament, Pomona-Pitzer will see its schedule slow down for finals and the Holidays, as it has just three more games this calendar year: at Biola on Dec. 8, home against American Sports Univ. on Dec. 16, and at Division I Cal State Bakersfield on Dec. 30.

The tournament home page for the Lee Fulmer Memorial Tournament can be found here:

http://www.goredlands.com/sports/mbkb/2011-12/files/Fulmer