PASADENA, CA – Macalaster broke open an evenly match game with a big run to open the second half in helping them tally a 73-61 win over Caltech on Saturday afternoon.
Caltech jumped out to a 10-3 lead less than five minutes into the contest. Caltech held their lead until the 6:41 mark of the half when Macalaster's Pierce Peters lay-in gave the visitors a 17-16 advantage. The Scots pushed their lead to 27-20 after a Trey Muraoka lay-up with 2:52 left until halftime.
The Beavers finished the half on an 8-1 scoring spurt to tie the game heading into the locker room. The game's first 20 minutes saw three lead changes and two ties.
Macalaster started the second frame on a 17-4 scoring push in taking a 45-32 lead with 15:32 left in the contest. Caltech was able to get their deficit down to 45-36 after an Andrew Hogue jumper with 13:49 remaining. However, the Scots pushed their lead to 70-48 with 3:42 left.
Caltech made a last minute charge over the game's final moments to get within 70-61 with 46 ticks left but couldn't pull any closer.
Sam Marshall scored a game best 23 points off the bench to pace the Macalaster scoring drive.
During the game Michael Edwards moved past Ryan Elmquist for second place on the school's all-time career scoring list. Edwards scored a team high 16 points to push his career total to 1270. He needs 28 more points to break the school record of 1297 set by George Papa.
Caltech's next game is on Wednesday evening when they host SCIAC foe Redlands at 7:30 p.m.