PASADENA, Calif. – The University of Redlands nailed half their field goal attempts in overtime and overcame a last second three-pointer in regulation en route to a thrilling 71-67 win over Caltech Wednesday evening at the Braun Athletic Center.
Caltech (4-9, 0-2) forced overtime when Todd Cramer drained a three-pointer at the buzzer off an offensive rebound. The triple concluded a furious rally over the final minutes of regulation.
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Redlands (5-8, 2-0) held a 53-46 lead with 9:35 left in regulation before Caltech slowly chipped away at their deficit. The seven point cushion was the largest advantage the Bulldogs had in the second half. Caltech fought back and got a lay-up and a three-pointer by Ryan Elmquist and Mike Edwards respectively on back-to-back possessions to cut into the Redlands' seven-point spread. However, the Bulldogs methodically built their lead to six points capped off by a Tristan Kirk lay-up with 4:23 remaining.
The game's pivotal moment came with 1:03 remaining in the second half and Redlands clinging to a 58-56 lead. An Elmquist foul sent Jordan Sanvictories to the foul line. After Sanvictories made the first foul shot, Kirk entered the game but Sanvictories had already received the ball to shoot his second foul shot which resulted in a technical foul on Kirk. The technical foul turned the ball over to Caltech as well as giving the Beavers two foul shots. Edwards converted both foul shots. After the sequence of events, Redlands held a 59-58 lead.
On Caltech's ensuing possession after the technical foul, Elmquist was fouled but missed both of his foul shots with 45 seconds remaining. On Redlands next possession Andrew Mills missed a lay-up but the Bulldogs secured the rebound with 14 seconds left. Forced to foul, Caltech sent Brian Kuklok to the free throw line where he converted both his shots with 12 seconds remaining. Edwards missed Caltech's initial three-point attempt with five seconds left but Elmquist found Cramer who sent the game into the extra session.
In the extra frame Redlands never trailed. The Bulldogs built their lead to 68-62 but a valiant Caltech squad chipped away. Edwards converted a pair of free throws with 57 second left to bring the Beavers within 68-67. On Redlands' next possession, Kent Ervin nailed a three-pointer with 32 seconds left. Pan Wang missed a driving lay-up with 19 seconds left on the Beavers next possession. An offensive foul gave Caltech the ball back but a turnover all but sealed the game for the visitors.
Edwards scored a season high 28 points on the strength of a 10-of-20 shooting effort including a 4-of-8 performance from behind the arc. Elmquist chipped in a 13-point evening.
Freshman guards Mike Paluchniak and Cramer each scored 11 points to round out the double figure producers for the Beavers. Cramer grabbed a team best 12 rebounds while dishing out a game high nine assists. The nine assists by Cramer tied Scott Lyons school record for most helpers in one game. Lyons set his record during the 1996-97 season.