CLAREMONT, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2018) – Sophomore forward Calvin Huh (Fort Lee, N.J. / Bergen Tech) came one point away from earning his second-career double-double for the Caltech men's basketball team at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Wednesday evening. His first double-double came against California Lutheran University in overtime earlier in the month.
Huh came off the bench had an instrumental role in the Beavers taking a 29-26 lead into halftime over the Sagehens. Eight of his 10 rebounds came in the first 20 minutes, helping the visitors outrebound the hosts, 19-12. Three of his rebounds came on the offensive end, allowing some of the team's pure scorers such as freshman guard Marcus Gee (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica) and freshman forward Spencer Schneider (Houston, Texas / Clearbrook) to go to work. Gee shot 50-percent from the field and drilled four three-pointers to lead Caltech with 20 points while Schneider played nearly the entire game and finished up with 15 points and five rebounds. While their team led at halftime, the freshman duo actually did most of their damage in the second half.
The Beavers hung with the third-place Sagehens throughout a game that featured seven lead changes. Sophomore guard Alec Andrews (Folsom, Calif. / Folsom) took on more of a distributor's role, dishing out five assists, and along with Gee combining for all seven of the team's steals. Freshman guard Matthew Riker (Bethlehem, N.Y. / Bethlehem Central), meanwhile earned his second consecutive start and responded with five rebounds and three assists in a season-best 31 minutes of action. Caltech never led by more than three points, but held a lead as late as the 16-minute mark in the second half and kept the game within as little as five points for the subsequent four minutes.
Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger and the Beavers will have one week to rest before returning to action at home for a third meeting with first-place Occidental College on Wednesday, Feb. 6.