PASADENA, Calif. – Hope International used a solid outside shooting touch and a steady inside performance to post an 86-53 win over Caltech in a non-conference men's basketball contest at the Braun Athletic Center Saturday evening.
In the opening half Hope International nailed seven of their 10 field goal attempts from behind the arc in building a 48-32 halftime edge. The first seven minutes of the contest featured two ties and four lead changes. Aaron Woods converted a three-pointer with 13:25 left until halftime which gave Hope International (6-1) a 12-11 edge. It proved to be the final lead change of the game.
Caltech (0-3) fought back to tie the score at 16-16 on a Todd Cramer lay-up with 9:43 left in the half. However, the Royals hit six of their next seven three-point attempts as they outscored the Beavers 32-16 before the halftime buzzer.
The Royals went down low in the second half as they posted a 16-2 advantage in points in the paint in the final 20 minutes of action. Caltech couldn't draw closer than 19 points in the final 20 minutes during their home opener. The Beavers did force Hope International into 14 second half fouls as the home squad converted on 12 of their 15 second half free throw attempts.
Jeremy Kilgore had a game high 17 points on the strength of a 3-for-4 shooting performance from behind the arc to pace the Royals scoring effort. Matt Green and Woods each nailed a trio of three-pointers while tallying 15 points each during the win.
Ryan Elmquist led all scorers with a 23-point night bolstered by a 12-for-16 shooting effort from the charity stripe. Todd Cramer tallied 12 points to round out the double figure producers for Caltech.