The date? Feb. 21, 2012. The time left on the clock? 0.4 seconds. The score? Pomona-Pitzer down 48-50. The stakes? Victory over arch-rivals Claremont-Mudd-Scripps basketball. The man at the free throw line? First-year guard, Kyle McAndrews PO ‘15.
Many returning students may remember this scenario like it was yesterday. Last year, in the Sixth Street rivalry men’s basketball game, everything came down to the wire in blockbuster fashion.
On that day, McAndrews played the role of hero for P-P by knocking down all three of his game-winning foul shots to give the Sagehens a much-celebrated victory.
McAndrews has continued to emerge as a scoring threat in the SCIAC in his sophomore season, leading the team in scoring through several games. Against Westmont earlier this year, he showed flashes of the Sixth Street game when he knocked down a tying three then dished to Jake Klewer PO ’15 for the game-winning lay-in. TSL sat down with McAndrews to find out a little more about the point guard off the court.
TSL: What is your major?
Kyle McAndrews: I am an Economics major.
TSL: Where are you from? Tell me a little about your school and hometown.
KM: I am from Seattle, home of Microsoft, rain and the Oklahoma City Thunder—and I went to Lakeside High School.
TSL: What activities did you do besides basketball in high school?
KM: Studied a lot and played a little bit of tennis.
TSL: What was your favorite part of high school?
KM: Friday night home basketball games.
TSL: What is your favorite part of P-P basketball?
KM: All of the wonderful gentlemen I get to play with.
TSL: What has been your favorite moment so far on the basketball team here? Is there any specific game or moment?
KM: All of the CMS games last year. They came down to the wire, and the atmosphere was exhilarating.
TSL: What is the worst part about playing basketball here?
KM: If there even is one, it would be watching game film.
TSL: What other activities are you involved in at Pomona?
KM: The basketball team has an intramural softball team. We won last year. We’re a pretty big deal.
TSL: What is your favorite…
KM: Gummy Krabby Patties
KM: I can’t remember, I haven’t had Flex since the second week of school.
TSL: Last question: some people have noticed that you can always be spotted sporting a mouth guard during games. Can you tell your fans why that is?
KM: Get elbowed in the face once by Donald Okpalugo, and you will understand it completely.