THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Pacific Lutheran used a first half scoring spurt en route to a 79-55 win over Caltech on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the SCIAC Men's Basketball Classic at Cal Lutheran's Gilbert Arena.
The loss snaps Caltech's three-game winning streak.
The first 11 minutes of the game featured seven lead changes and two ties. Mike Edwards gave Caltech (3-6) a 16-15 lead with 9:00 left until halftime with a three-pointer off a Todd Cramer pass. Pacific Lutheran (5-4) proceeded to go on a 15-4 scoring run as they took a 30-20 advantage with 5:32 remaining until halftime.
Caltech got their deficit back to single digits after a Mike Paluchniak three-pointer on Caltech's ensuing possession. However another solid scoring outburst put the Lutes in the driver's seat. Pacific Lutheran finished the half on a 15-8 scoring run in taking a 45-31 lead into the locker room.
With 15:03 left in the game Edwards hit a three-pointer to bring the Beavers deficit to 10 points at 50-40. However, that was as close as Caltech would get in the second half.
Pacific Lutheran held a 49-31 rebounding advantage to aid in their efforts. They held a 25-5 edge in second chance points as well as a 45-16 edge in points in the paint.
Edwards scored a game high 18 points on the strength of a 4-for-6 effort from behind the arc. Paluchniak chipped in 12 points to round out the double figures scorers for the Beavers.
In the first game of the day Cal Lutheran posted an 82-58 win over UC Santa Cruz. The two-day, four-team event concludes with Pacific Lutheran winning two games while Cal Lutheran and Caltech won one game. UC Santa Cruz went 0-2 in the classic.