St. Louis, Mo. - The Alma College men's basketball team fell to No. 25 Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday (Dec. 1) evening. Alma is now 0-5 on the year, three of its losses coming from nationally ranked opponents.
Kyle Woodruff (Grand Blanc, Mich. / Holly) led the Scots (0-5) with 17 points and eight rebounds. He was one of four Alma players in double-figures, trailed by Kevin Gamble (Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart) who had 15, Steven Harvey (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Eastern) with 14 and Cole Kleiver (Williamston, Mich. / Williamston) with 13.
Woodruff was named to the All-Tournament team after leading the Scots and averaging 16 points and 5.5 assists over two games.
Pomona-Pitzer (5-1) was led by Micah Elan with 25 points and Daniel Rosenbaum with 24 and 10 rebounds. Those two players took 33 of the team's 67 shots and shot 64-percent from the field.
How it Happened
- Pomona-Pitzer started the game with as much as an eight-point lead but Alma climbed back in thanks to their three-point shooting. Woodruff and Kleiver made three straight to get the Scots to within one at 10:49. Alma tied the game briefly at 22 and 24, but the Sagehens went on a 13-2 run to take an 11 point lead. A quick 8-2 run got Alma back within five, but Pomona-Pitzer went into the half with a seven-point lead after a layup as time expired.
- The Sagehens pushed the lead to double-digits early in the second half. Alma fought to cut the deficit back down to single-digits and got to within seven, but Pomona-Pitzer went on a 9-2 run to push its lead up to 16, its largest of the game.
- Woodruff hit a three after a steal by Stevens to make it a 13 point game and forcing the Sagehens to call a timeout. That was the start of an 11-0 run to make it a five-point game, but PP would score the next nine points to go back up by 14 with under six minutes remaining. It extended its lead to as much as 21 by the end of the game, winning by 12 after Alma scored the final nine points.
- Ryan Stevens had a season-high nine assists.
- Steven Harvey's 14 points is a new season-high.
- Kyle Woodruff's eight rebounds were one off his season-high.
- Alma forced 13 turnovers from the Sagehens while turning it over just 10 times, themselves.
Alma has a week off before returning to the court on Friday, Dec. 7 against the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The Titans are currently ranked No. 9 in the d3hoops.com national poll; the poll gets updated every Sunday.