THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2015) – Freshman Ty Ochse (Tucson, Ariz. / Canyon Del Oro) enjoyed a breakout coming off the bench for the Caltech men's basketball team in a 72-52 loss at California Lutheran University on Saturday afternoon.
Ochse netted a career-best nine points while doubling his previous high in minutes played (23), adding one rebound, one assist and one steal while committing just a single turnover.
"Ty played some good minutes today," Head Coach Oliver Eslinger said. "He played tough and scored – that's something you love to see from a freshman.
Similarly to the previous matchup between the SCIAC rivals, the Kingsmen could not miss a shot as they hit 53 percent from the field. The Beavers posted a +3 rebounding margin, which was especially evident on the offensive glass, as Caltech scored 14 second-chance points to CLU's six, but suffered from a -8 turnover differential that led to a 29-18 CLU edge in points off turnovers.
"Cal Lu was clocking, feeling good after knocking off undefeated No. 15 Chapman, and even after a sloppy first half, we were still in the game. We had several moments to get it to a slim margin, but we didn't execute as well as we needed to. We did well attacking the rim though, and once again came out with fewer free throw attempts than I thought we deserved."
The teams traded baskets through the first five minutes before Cal Lu exploded for 10 unanswered points in just three minutes to lead 14-6. The Kingsmen slowly increased the margin to 12 at halftime and kept it going in the second, eventually reaching a high of 28 with just 3:12 left to play.
The light went on for Ochse in the final seconds as he scored six points in exactly one minute on three consecutive possessions, but could only trim the final deficit to 20.
"Again, Ty played well late, and Naveen and Matt [Edwards] played tough as well," Eslinger said. "I asked the guys at the end to finish the game with toughness, and they did. It says a lot about our team."
Senior Andrew Hogue (Arroyo Grande, Calif. / Arroyo Grande) just missed a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds while dishing out a team-high two assists. Junior Kc Emezie (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge) matched him for the scoring lead with 10 points and two steals, while sophomore Nasser Al-Rayes (Doha, Qatar / American School of Doha) blocked a pair of shots. Junior Naveen Tadepalli (Calabasas, Calif. / Agoura) also saw his first action of the season.
Eslinger and the Beavers will host the University of Redlands (5-13, 2-7) on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m.