The team with the SCIAC banner. Below: All-American Michael Scarlett cuts down the net
CMC75 Moments: CMS Edges Cal Lutheran for 2017 SCIAC Men's Basketball Title

June 25, 2021

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The opening year of Roberts Pavilion saw the CMS Men’s Basketball team win the regular season SCIAC title, wrapping up a 13-3 league schedule with an overtime win over Occidental. The first-ever men’s basketball postseason game at Roberts was a semifinal game against No. 4 seed Pomona-Pitzer that came down to the wire, but a key tip-in from Kendrick Morris with 11 seconds left put the Stags up by five and helped seal the win, sending them through to the championship game at their brand-new facility.

The 2012 Men's Basketball team photo. Words over the photo read: Great Moments from 75 Years of Athletics, 2012 MBB: CMS 60, Pomona-Pitzer 54 (SCIAC Championship)
CMC75 Moments: 2012 Men's Basketball Takes Down Sagehens for SCIAC Title

June 21, 2021

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The CMS Men's Basketball team didn’t know it was in many ways ending an era when it hosted the 2012 SCIAC Championship game against Pomona-Pitzer at Ducey Gymnasium. It just knew that it had a tough game on its hands … and that the place would be packed.

Head shot of Gary Biszantz from his days on the basketball team, as well as a group photo of three CMC players on the team. Words over the photo read: Great Moments from 75 Years of Athletics, 1956 Men's Basketball: Biszantz Earns First-Team All-SCIAC
CMC75 Moments: Biszantz Earns First-Team All-SCIAC for Pomona-Claremont Basketball

June 17, 2021

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Gary Biszantz was a successful two-sport athlete for the Pomona-Claremont teams in the 1950s, breaking new ground in two different sports as one of the first great athletes at Claremont Men's College. He became the first CMC golfer to earn all-league recognition at the 1955 SCIAC Golf Championships, and the following year, became the first CMC men’s basketball player to earn first-team All-SCIAC honors.

The 2002 men's basketball team celebrating after a SCIAC title. Words over the photo read: Great Moments in 75 Years of Athletics. 2002 Men's Basketball: Stags win 13 Straight to take SCIAC by one game
CMC75 Moments: 2002 Men's Basketball Wins 13 Straight for SCIAC Title

June 09, 2021

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The 2001-02 CMS Men's Basketball season began with different types of adversity, including the passing of former coach David Wells (who coached the 2001-02 seniors as freshmen) and a one-point loss to defending champion Cal Lutheran in its SCIAC opener. It ended, though, with 13 straight wins and a SCIAC Championship.

David Wells as head coach, David Wells as a player, team shots of his 1984 and 1996 SCIAC Championship teams. Words over the photo read: Landmark Tears in CMS Athletics History: 2002: Thanksgiving Hoops Tourney Renamed the David Wells Classic
CMC75 Landmark Years (2002): Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament Named The David Wells Classic

June 09, 2021

CLAREMONT, Calif. - In 2002, the West Coast Classic, an annual Thanksgiving basketball tournament co-hosted by CMS and Pomona-Pitzer, was renamed the David Wells Classic. The fact that the tournament was held during Thanksgiving was merely a coincidence, but it was in some ways a fitting way to say thanks to a man who had been a part of CMS Athletics for 31 years before he passed away in 2001.

The 1984 MBB team shot. Words over the photo read: Great Moments from 75 Years of Athletics. 1984 Men's Basketball: Stags Earn First NCAA Bid
CMC75 Moments: 1984 Men's Basketball Goes Undefeated in SCIAC for League Title

May 24, 2021

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The 1983-84 CMS men’s basketball team probably didn’t know it was on its way to making history when it began SCIAC play with a 3-9 overall record, but the challenging non-conference slate helped set the table for a 12-0 league season and the program's first-ever NCAA bid.

The 1971-72 men's basketball team in a sideline huddle
CMC75 Moments: 1972 Men's Basketball Takes SCIAC by One Game

May 12, 2021

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The 1971-72 Claremont-Mudd men's basketball team was locked in a tight battle with Occidental for the SCIAC Championship after dropping the first meeting with the Tigers early in the year. The Stags got their revenge with a convincing 68-54 win in the rematch, and a 62-57 win over Redlands put them at 10-1 in the league and secured the program’s fourth banner.

 Team photo of the 1969-70 Men's Basketball Team. Words over the photo read: Great Moments from 75 Years of Athletics, 1969-70 Men's Basketball: Stags 94, Azusa Pacific 82
CMC75 Moments: 1970 Men's Basketball Reaches District Finals in Rebuilding Year

May 12, 2021

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The 1969-70 Men's Basketball team might have had moderate expectations heading into the year, coming off an 8-16 season, but the Stags didn't play like it, coming together to earn a share of the SCIAC title and then upsetting top-seeded Azusa Pacific in the NAIA District Playoffs.

Two action shots from the 1966 men's basketball team. Words over the photo read: Great Moments from 75 Years of Athletics. 1965-66 Men's Basketball: Stags 60, Occidental 59
CMC75 Moments: 1966 Men's Basketball Edges Oxy in Playoff to Earn NAIA Bid

May 05, 2021

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd men's basketball team had a breakthrough season in 1965-66, doubling its win total to 18, from only nine the year before, with the 18th win a 60-59 playoff win over Occidental which earned the Stags their first-ever

Paul Colin action shot. Words over the photo read: Great Moments from 75 Years of Athletics. 1964 Men's Basketball: Colin Finishes with 1000 points, named All-America
CMC75 Moments: Colin Becomes First All-American for Men's Basketball in 1963-64

May 03, 2021

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The CMS Men’s Basketball program’s exclusive 1,000-point club has swelled to 20 over the years, but the first to break the ice was also the program’s first All-American. Paul Colin hit the thousand-point mark in dramatic fashion, reaching that figure on the dot in his final game with the Stags, and earned third-team All-America honors from the NAIA.

The 1990-91 CMS men's basketball team. The banner reads: Great Moments from 75 Years of Athletics, 1990-91 Men's Basketball: CMS 84, La Verne 81 with the hashtag #CMC75
CMC75 Moments: 1991 Men's Basketball Wins SCIAC Playoff for NCAA Bid

April 28, 2021

Great Moments in Athletics History: After splitting with La Verne during the regular season, the CMS Men's Basketball team earned a third matchup in a SCIAC playoff, with an NCAA bid on the line. In front of a packed house, the Stags used a big 19-0 run in the first half and held on by three to earn their second straight NCAA berth.

A team shot of the 1995-96 CMS men's basketball team. The words read: Great Moments from 75 Years of Athletics. 1995-96 Men's Basketball: CMS 70, Upper Iowa 58
CMC75 Moments: 1995-96 Men's Basketball Perseveres to Take SCIAC, Defeat Upper Iowa in NCAA First Round

April 11, 2021

CLAREMONT, Calif. - There was very little indication that the 1995-96 CMS Men’s Basketball team would have one of the most successful seasons in program history as it navigated through a very difficult year. However, the Stags used an overtime buzzer beater at Cal Lutheran to propel themselves through the adversity and to a SCIAC title, and then to the program's first-ever NCAA opening-round victory.

Head Shots of the CMS Men's Basketball Class of 2021
Video Tribute: The CMS Men's Basketball Class of 2021

April 08, 2021

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The members of the CMS Men's Basketball Class of 2021 began their careers with a SCIAC title and an NCAA Regional Finals appearance, and were hoping to lead the Stags back there as seniors. Their three years produced 58 wins and only 22 losses, including a 39-10 record in SCIAC contests.

Season in Review: 2019-20 CMS Men's Basketball
Season in Review: 2019-20 CMS Men's Basketball

October 01, 2020

2019-20 was another exciting year for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags as the twenty members of Stags basketball came together to produce the 23rd consecutive winning season – extending the record both for CMS and for any team in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Maxwell Kirsch shoots a three-pointer
Maxwell Kirsch Earns Three Senior Awards from Claremont McKenna

July 16, 2020

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Senior men's basketball player Maxwell Kirsch earned two major student awards from Claremont McKenna for the Class of 2020, the college announced today.