PASADENA (Nov. 16, 2018) – The Caltech men's basketball team found a rhythm late against Occidental College, but ultimately fell to the Tigers in the fifth annual 110 Rivalry game.
Caltech outscored Oxy, 36-32, in the second half and pulled within 12 with three minutes to go in regulation following an 8-0 run capped off by a layup from junior guard Alec Andrews. The defiant Beavers continued to chip away at the Tigers throughout the game's final three minutes, eventually pulling within nine by the final whistle. The Tigers finished second in last year's SCIAC regular season standings.
"[The second half] was just us getting back to doing what we do," Andrews said. "The majority of the game we were letting them dictate tempo and how we were playing, so we had to get back to doing the things that made us successful down the stretch. It took us a while to get there but we know what we have to do have success against this team."
The Beavers, however managed to win the turnover battle over a team that featured four of the top 15 players in the conference last year in assist-turnover ratio. Led Andrews, Caltech forced Oxy into 16 turnovers, with Andrews coming up with four steals to go with his 12 points. Freshman Noah Barnes also picked up 12 points and classmate Stephen Hei led the Beavers with 14 points, including four three-pointers.
"Playing defense is always a focus," sophomore forward Spencer Schneider said. "But we also think we can improve on taking care of the ball. It's good to win the turnover battle but we still have to do better regardless."
Andrews posted a solid all-around line with six rebounds and three assists to go with his scoring and steal totals. Additionally, freshmen Barnes and Hei combined to go 6-for-11 from deep with three of those shots falling in each half. Junior forward Ross Carter matched Andrews with six rebounds and also chipped in with six points in 26 minutes of action.
Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger and the Beavers will host Carleton College on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m.