ORANGE, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2017) – Senior wing David Kawashima (Studio City, Calif. / North Hollywood) came off the bench to lead the Caltech men's basketball team in scoring at Chapman University (4-1 SCIAC) on Monday evening in a game where all 10 Beavers scored baskets.
Kawashima led the Beavers with an evenly distributed 12 points in 20 minutes to provide his team with a spark off the bench. He shot an efficient 6-for-7 and played a key role in the Beavers shooting nearly 50-percent from the field (49.1 percent). Sophomore guard Alec Andrews (Folsom, Calif. / Folsom), additionally put together another respectable all-around line out of the starting point guard spot. He scored 11 points and added a team-high six rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes of action. He also converted on both of his free throws in a game where the Beavers got to the free throw line more than in their last two games combined. They also shot 70 percent as a team, 10 percent above the season average.
The Beavers put 45 points on the host Panthers in the second half for their most significant scoring half of the season. Outscoring Chapman by one point in the final 20 minutes after a first half where the home team led by 15 ultimately resulted in defeat, but the second-half numbers cannot be ignored. Caltech got to the free throw line 16 times and sophomore forward Ross Carter (Sudbury, Mass. / The Rivers School) stuck out with seven points, converting on both of his field goal attempts (one of which came from three) and both of his free throw attempts. Both teams spent the majority of the half jockeying for position, and thus neither team managed to gain a significant upperhand on the other, in spite of the varied scoring.
Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger and the Beavers will head to Eagle Rock on Wednesday to meet first-place Occidental College in a rematch of the two teams' regular season opener back in November.