REDLANDS, Calif. – The Caltech men's basketball team snapped a 44-game losing streak with a 74-67 win over American Sports University on Saturday afternoon. The victory came in the seventh place game at the Fulmer Tournament hosted by the University of Redlands.
Caltech (1-5) last posted a victory on Jan. 5, 2009 when they knocked off NYU-Polytechnic.
The Beavers got off to a quick start and never trailed in posting the victory. Ryan Elmquist started the Caltech efforts in the right direction as he scored six of his squad's first 10 points as the Beavers held a 10-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. Caltech never allowed American Sports University (2-9) to get their deficit to less than 10 points the rest of the first half. The Beavers went into halftime with a 40-20 advantage.
After an Alex Runkel lay-up gave Caltech its largest lead of the game at 46-25 with 16:34 remaining, American Sports University mounted a comeback. Michael Jagger's three-pointer with 9:52 left got the American Sports University deficit to single digits at 55-47. Another Jagger shot from behind the arc 77 seconds later pulled his squad to within 57-52. However, that five-point differential proved to be a big barrier. American Sports University got to within five points on five occasions over the final 8:35 but never closer.
During that final 8:35 stretch in the second half, the Beavers converted 11 of its 13 free throw attempts to help seal the victory. Caltech also went 4-for-7 from the field during those final minutes.
Elmquist led all scorers with a 25-point effort on the strength of a 13-for-14 performance from the charity stripe. The senior also blocked a team high three shots in the win.
Todd Cramer posted his second straight double-double with a 15-point, 14-rebound afternoon. Mike Edwards went 7-for-12 from the field en route to a 19-point effort. Both Cramer and Edwards dished out a team high five assists.
Mason Freedman scored nine points off the bench in helping the Beavers post a 15-10 advantage in bench points.
Caltech went 23-for-27 (85.2 percent) from the charity stripe to aid in their victory. The Beavers also posted a positive assist-to-turnover ratio (14-to-11) for the second consecutive game.
Note -- For his efforts during the event, Elmquist was given the Tournament's Sportsmanship Award