PASADENA, Calif. – Whittier opened up a tight game with a 15-6 scoring run to start the second half en route to a 70-50 win over Caltech in a SCIAC men's basketball match-up at the Braun Athletic Center.
Whittier (11-11, 6-5) went down low most of the night in building their lead. The Poets posted a 38-18 scoring edge for points in the paint to aid in their winning efforts. The visitors also took advantage of 18 Caltech (4-17, 0-11) miscues as they held a 23-7 edge in points off of turnovers.
In the opening half neither team held a lead larger than nine points. The Beaver busted out after the opening tip-off as they raced to a 10-4 lead less than five minutes into the contest. However, the Poets responded with a 24-9 scoring run in taking a 28-19 lead with 3:38 remaining in the half. After a Caltech timeout the Beavers methodically chipped away at their deficit and eventually went into halftime trailing 31-28.
The early second half scoring run pushed all momentum toward Whittier as the Poets held a 46-34 lead with 12:44 left in the contest. Caltech couldn't get their deficit under single digits the rest of the game.
A Mike Edwards dunk with 6:12 left in the game brought Caltech within 54-44 but the home squad made one of their final four field goal attempts down the stretch to end any hopes of a comeback.
During that second period the Whittier defense held the Beavers to a 6-for-24 (25 percent) shooting effort while converting 12 of their 28 (42.9 percent) field goal attempts.
After scoring 11 points in the opening half Ryan Elmquist was held in check but still managed a team high 15 points. In addition the SCIAC's leading shot blocker had a game high five swats.
Nathan Easterman led everyone on the night with a 21-points, 10-rebound effort.