Photo by Bob Paz
PASADENA, Calif. (December 29, 2015) – Freshman Brent Cahill (Laguna Beach, Calif. / St. Margaret's) and sophomore David Kawashima (Studio City, Calif. / North Hollywood) provided a spark off the bench as the Caltech men's basketball team lost to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 72-49, on Tuesday night.
UW-La Crosse improves to 6-5 on the season while Caltech drops to 2-7.
Not even two minutes into the game, Caltech's assists leader, junior David LeBaron (San Diego, Calif./Francis Parker), recorded two quick fouls, forcing him to sit out the rest of the first half. His absence was felt immediately, but even that was exacerbated as Kawashima was whistled for his second foul at the 8:12 mark. The offense struggled for consistency, shooting just 26 percent from the field and going into halftime trailing 39-19.
The Beavers came out with renewed energy in the second half, going on a 14-2 run with nine minutes left to pull back within 11 with a surge of momentum behind them. Unfortunately for Caltech, the Eagles went on their own 11-5 run to quash that momentum and end the chances of a comeback, icing the game with nine points in the final 1:30.
Kawashima and Cahill combined for 20 of Caltech's 49 points. Cahill attacked the basket aggressively as usual, getting to the free throw line 10 times, but hitting just five of his chances. Juniors Nasser Al-Rayes (Doha, Qatar / American School of Doha) and Ricky Galliani (Menlo Park, Calif. / Sacred Heart Prep)recorded seven points and eight rebounds in only 21 minutes of play. Senior Kc Emezie (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge) picked up six rebounds and dished out four assists.
Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger and the Beavers host University of Redlands in their first SCIAC game of the season, which will also be an Orange Out event, on Monday, Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m.