EAGLE ROCK, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2017) – Freshman forward Spencer Schneider (Houston, Texas / Clearbrook) came through with another plus-50 percent shooting game as the Caltech men's basketball team pushed first-place host Occidental College on Wednesday evening.
Schneider dumped in a team-best 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting and contributed seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks. The freshman got better as the game wore on, as 11 of his points came in the second half. Sophomore guard Alec Andrews (Folsom, Calif. / Folsom) keyed the Beavers' first half effort with 10 of his 12 points to keep the Beavers just three points behind their SCIAC adversaries heading into the second half. Senior wing David Kawashima (Studio City, Calif. / North Hollywood), like Andrews scored 12 points but scored seven of them in the second half.
The second half featured a fast start for the home team, but the Beavers caught up quickly, nearly erasing a 13-point deficit with a 13-2 run in the game's final 10 minutes. Caltech held Oxy without a field goal from the nine-minute mark on and strung together 10 consecutive defensive stops to keep the hosts in check. By game's end, the Beavers had nearly pulled even with the Tigers in shooting percentage and outshot the hosts from beyond the arc by 12 percent. The visitors eventually closed the gap to just two points, and though they were unable to finish the win it illustrates a marked improvement from the two teams' initial meeting back in November.
Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger and the Beavers will return to Pasadena on Saturday, Jan. 13 to face off with last-place University of La Verne at 5 p.m.