REDLANDS, Calif. – The University of Redlands used a solid inside effort in posting a 75-67 win over Caltech Saturday evening in a SCIAC men's basketball match-up at Currier Gym.
Redlands (10-10, 7-2) outrebounded the Beavers 44-31 in helping them post an 18-2 edge in second chance scoring. In addition, the Bulldogs held a 36-20 advantage for points in the paint.
The Beavers (4-16, 0-9) jumped out strong thanks in part to three-pointers by Mike Edwards and Mike Paluchniak as they held a 12-7 lead less than four minutes into the game. The Bulldogs responded with full court pressure and went on a 24-7 scoring run as they took a 31-19 lead with 7:51 left in the opening period.
The Beavers chipped away and after six points on three straight possessions Caltech was down 33-26 with 4:44 remaining. However, the home squad responded by scoring 11 of the first period's final 16 points. Redlands went into the locker room with a 44-31 lead capped off by a Brian Koklok three-pointer with four seconds left in the stanza.
The Beavers kept themselves in the first period by nailing six of their 10 three-point attempts led by Paluchniak's 4-for-5 long range performance in the opening half. The freshman scored all 12 of his first half points from behind the arc.
An Edwards lay-up and Todd Cramer three-pointer on back-to-back possessions opened the second half scoring for the Beavers. But Redlands responded with six unanswered points in building their largest lead of the night at 50-36 with 16:54 remaining. Caltech rallied back with a 12-2 scoring spurt cutting their deficit to 52-48 with 12:16 remaining.
However, the Beavers shooting went cold as they scored five points over the next eight minutes. Redlands went on a 15-5 scoring spurt in taking a commanding 67-53 lead with 4:16 left in the contest. On the Beavers final possession Edwards hit a three-pointer and Ethan Boroson hit a foul shot on the same possession with 18 seconds left in the game. The eight-point difference was as close as Caltech got after the Redlands scoring spurt.
Four Beavers scored in double figures led by Edwards' 19-point evening. The sophomore went 8-for-17 from the field, including 3-for-4 from three-point range, during his 30 minutes of action. Ryan Elmquist chipped in a 17-point effort while Paluchniak (14) and Cramer (11) rounded out the double digit producers.
Pan Wang led all Caltech bench players by pulling down four rebounds, dishing out three assists and swiping two steals.
"Pan provided 18 good minutes for us tonight. I am proud of the spark he provided off the bench on both ends of the floor," head coach Oliver Eslinger said.
Matt Dietrich had a team high 16 points to pace the Redlands efforts.