PASADENA (Jan. 24, 2018) – The Caltech men's basketball team came to life in the second half, and in doing so broke the program's single-season three-point record against visiting Whittier College Wednesday evening. The Beavers entered the game needing three triples to tie the record and four to break it.
Six of the team's three-point field goals came in the second half, which they entered trailing the visiting Poets, 41-24. Much like the team's last home game against California Lutheran University, however Caltech was not to be counted out. The Beavers stuck to the three in the latter half and eventually put themselves in a position to tie the game. While he did not contribute to his team's three-point sum, senior David Kawashima (Studio City, Calif. / North Hollywood) led all scorers with 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting and 8-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. He also pulled down nine rebounds, needing one more for a double-double and stole the ball three times. Freshman Gokul Srinivasaragavan (San Ramon, Calif. / Dougherty Valley) led the charge from deep with all nine of his points coming on the heels of three three-pointers while fellow freshman Marcus Gee (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica) connected from deep twice to help him to 17 points.
Trailing the Poets by 20 points with just over 10 minutes to go, the Beavers got in gear and hung a 32-14 run on the Poets late capped by a Gee three-pointer with 32 seconds to go to put the home team down by just two points. Tensions mounted when following two Whittier free throws, freshman forward Spencer Schneider (Houston, Texas / Clearbrook) came back down the court and knocked down a three-pointer of his own to cut the deficit to one point. After the visitors made just one of their two free throws on the ensuing foul, Kawashima took a desperation drive to the rim with just five seconds to go, drew contact but did not get the call he and his teammates and coaches were looking for. The Beavers' proven resiliency, however should make them a tall order for the rest of the conference going forward in the stretch run.
Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger and the Beavers will remain at home to host Chapman University on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m.