LA VERNE, Calif. – Mike Edwards scored a career high 35 points but La Verne still posted a 76-70 win over Caltech Saturday evening in a SCIAC men's basketball match-up.
Edwards career night ties Travis Haussler's school record for most points against an NCAA school. The sophomore also tied a career high with seven made three-pointers.
As a team the Beavers nailed a school record 12 three-pointers.
In the opening 7:24 of the contest, La Verne opened the contest by scoring 14 of the game's first 20 points. The home squad built their lead to 26-12 with 7:43 left in the opening frame. The Beavers battled back and got their deficit down to 33-26 on an Alex Runkel jumper with 3:07 left until halftime.
La Verne got their lead back to double figures by finishing the period on a 9-4 scoring spurt. The home squad went into the locker room with a 42-30 advantage.
Caltech's first two possessions of the second half got them within single digits. Pan Wang opened with a three-pointer then Edwards converted a three-point play to bring the Beavers within 44-36 less than two minutes into the second half. However, the Leopards quickly responded and built their lead to 15 points (52-37) with 16:05 remaining.
The Beavers chipped away and after a Mike Paluchniak three-pointer and field goal Caltech was down 10 points at 55-45 with 11:16 left. La Verne once again built their lead. When Jake Veith nailed a three-pointer with 6:22 left the Leopards held the largest lead of the game at 67-47.
A relentless Caltech squad continued to fight. The Beavers concluded a 15-3 run with a pair of Todd Cramer free throws with 2:51 left bring the visitors within 70-62. The closest Caltech got down the stretch was six points (76-70) with four seconds left on a Mike Edwards' three-pointer.
"I am very proud that we continued to attack. It was a courageous effort by the whole squad," head coach Oliver Eslinger said. "To see Mike Paluchniak become a scorer is very important for us. And for not appearing in the last two games Alex Runkel was prepared and he showed what he can do for us."
Paluchniak scored a career best 16 points on the strength of a 3-for-5 effort from behind the arc. Ryan Elmquist chipped in 10 points to round out the double figure scorers for Caltech.
La Verne shot 56 percent (28-of-50) from the field while holding a 34-6 edge for points in the paint.