Emezie Nets Season High 22 in Late Loss to George Fox

Emezie Nets Season High 22 in Late Loss to George Fox

Photo by Bob Palermini

PASADENA, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2015) – Senior Kc Emezie (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge) netted a season-high 22 points but the Caltech men's basketball team was unable to hold a 12-point first half lead, falling 75-59 to George Fox University on Saturday night.

Caltech sprinted out to a commanding 18-6 lead by the 14:45 mark behind eight points from junior Lawrence Lee (Hong Kong / Hong Kong International School) and a trio of three-pointers, with two coming from junior Ricky Galliani (Menlo Park, Calif. / Sacred Heart Prep).  George Fox steadily climbed back into the game until Emezie scored on back-to-back layups and sophomore David Kawashima (Studio City, Calif. / North Hollywood) stripped the ball and scored on the fast break to make it a nine-point game.  Emezie added another layup to keep it at nine with 5:40 on the clock, but the Bruins continued to fight back and came within four with 45 seconds left in the half.  Freshman Brent Cahill (Laguna Beach, Calif. / Laguna Beach) knocked down a trey in the waning seconds to give the Beavers some breathing room at 34-27 heading into the break.

A quick Bruins three tightened that margin, but Emezie had plenty left in the tank, hitting Lee for a layup, drilling a three of his own and driving for another layup to regain the nine-point edge.  After trading a handful of baskets, George Fox's Josh Caddel subbed in and turned the tables with a trio of three-pointers in less than two minutes to tie the game at 47-47 with 12:13 remaining.  Cahill got to the line for Caltech and hit one of his two chances to regain the lead, but the Bruins would outscore the Beavers 28-11 down the stretch to steal the game.

Along with Emezie's 22 points, Lee scored 13 and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.  Five different Beavers dished out two assists with another three tallying one apiece.

Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger and the Beavers will take a 10-day break from competition for the holidays before hosting the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (4-5) on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m. 



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