CLAREMONT, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2019) – The Caltech men's basketball team concluded its season on the road at first-place Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Tuesday evening.
Sophomore guard Marcus Gee (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica) ended his second season with the Beavers on a high note. Gee shot 50-percent from the field en route to 21 points against the SCIAC's top team and drained five-three pointers to secure his place as the conference's leading scorer from three. The sophomore is also the first Caltech player to finish among the top-10 in SCIAC scoring since Nasser Al-Rayes '17. Gee's deep shooting allowed Caltech to hang with Pomona-Pitzer for much of the first-half and starting point guard Alec Andrews (Folsom, Calif. / Folsom) succeeded in finding his teammate on open looks, ending the game with five assists and eight points. Andrews finishes the season second in the SCIAC in assists and along with Gee, first and second in steals per game. Having already set programs records in assists in a game, season and career in 2019, Andrews has solidified himself as one of the conference's premier point guards and the best facilitator to ever come through Caltech.
The Beavers trailed the Sagehens, 43-36, at halftime and ended up shooting 43-percent from the field as a team by the game's conclusion. The host Sagehens' experienced offense proved too big an obstacle for the Beavers to overcome, but Caltech did succeed in outshooting the home team from deep. Freshman wing Stephen Hei (Newcastle, Wash. / Liberty) came off the bench to provide the visitors with 11 points and sophomore Spencer Schneider (Houston, Texas / Clearbrook) matched his rookie teammate with 11 points of his own. Hei managed to knock down a trio of three-pointers while Schneider showcased his improved free throw shooting, going 4-for-5 from the line. As the game progressed, Pomona-Pitzer's depth proved to be a difference maker, particularly at this stage in the season.
"We were right with them and executing," Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger said. "They're a very good team and we know you can't mistakes against those kinds. Nevertheless, our minds were in it and we got good minutes and production from all nine. We have nothing to hang our heads about. We know we will keep building on all we've done and one day become a playoff team."
Caltech finishes the 2018-19 season with double-digit wins for the first time in 65 years. The Beavers also set a program record for non-conference wins in addition to numerous statistical individual and team records that should only serve to build momentum towards next season when the program looks to make history yet again.