PASADENA, Calif. – Eastern Connecticut State converted 15 of their 26 field goals attempts (57.7 percent) in the second half en route to a 72-49 win over Caltech on Sunday afternoon.
It was the second game of the CMS/Caltech SCIAC men's basketball Winter Classic. In the first game of the day, CMS beat Wisconsin-Lutheran 68-53. The four-team, two-day event concludes tomorrow at CMS with Caltech playing Wisconsin-Lutheran at 6:00 p.m. and CMS hosting Eastern Connecticut State in the opening contest at 4:00 p.m.
During the first 10 minutes of the game there were four ties and three lead changes. With the scored knotted at 11-11 and 9:26 left until the halftime buzzer, Eastern Connecticut State (8-2) grabbed the game's momentum. The Warriors went on a 12-2 scoring spree in taking a 23-13 lead with 4:54 left in the half. Eastern Connecticut pushed their lead to 31-18 as the two teams went into the locker room.
The Warriors built their lead to 41-25 with 16:36 left in the game before Caltech (3-7) charged back. A Todd Cramer lay-up with 13:49 remaining brought the Beavers deficit down to 43-36. However, Eastern Connecticut State built their lead back to double figures by scoring 12 of the game's next 14 points. Caltech was able to get within 55-44 with 4:40 left but couldn't draw any closer.
Ryan Elmquist had a game high 24 points to pace the Caltech offense. It was the fourth time this season the SCIAC's leading scorer has scored at least 20 points in a game. The senior also had a game high three blocks.
Cramer pitched in 12 points and a team high six rebounds while Mike Edwards rounded out the double figure scores for the Beavers with an 11-point evening.
Jamie Kohn had a team high 18 points and game high 13 rebounds for the visitors in the winning effort.