THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A hot shooting opening half led Cal Lutheran to a 72-56 win over Caltech Wednesday evening in a SCIAC men's basketball contest at Gilbert Arena.
The Kingsmen (12-11, 6-6) scored 11 of the game's first 13 points less than five minutes into the contest. Caltech (4-19, 0-12) trimmed that deficit down to seven points (17-10) after a Mason Freedman three-pointer with 11:35 left before halftime. However Cal Lutheran put together a 15-2 scoring run in building a 32-12 advantage with just 5:05 left in the period. Caltech cut their deficit down to 17 points before the Kingsmen eventually went into the locker room with a 42-23 edge.
During the opening 20 minutes the home squad scored half their points from behind the arc as they went 7-for-12 (58.3 percent) from long distance. Overall Cal Lutheran converted 15 of their 27 first half field goal attempts (55.6 percent) in building their lead. Conversely the Beavers were 8-of-28 (28.6 percent) overall and 4-for-11 (36.4 percent) from behind the arc.
In the second period Caltech dwindled their deficit down to 12 points (60-48) with 6:23 left in the game on a Todd Cramer jumper. That was as close as the Beavers got in the second frame. Cal Lutheran put any hopes of comeback away by outscoring Caltech by four points down the stretch.
Mike Edwards scored a team high 16 points – 13 of which came in the second half – in 37 minutes of action. Cramer chipped in a 15-point effort while dishing off a team best four assists.
Ryan Elmquist put together a 15-point evening to move his career scoring total to 1219 points. The senior tri-captain moved within 13 points of Josh Moats for second place on Caltech's career scoring list. Moats scored 1232 points during his four seasons on campus before graduating in 1997.
Elmquist also tied Ben Turk for second most blocks in a season with his 47th swat of the year. With two games left in the season the Woodbury, Minn. native needs three blocks to tie the season record that he set during his junior campaign.
Cal Lutheran's Aaron Van Klaveren put together a 16-point, 10-rebound performance to record his SCIAC leading eighth double-double of the season.