Photo by Bob Palermini
ORANGE, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2016) – Junior Nasser Al-Rayes (Doha, Qatar / American School of Doha) came just two blocks shy of recording the first triple-double in program history as the Caltech men's basketball team dropped just its second SCIAC matchup this season at Chapman University on Wednesday night.
The Panthers' victory pulls them into a four-way tie alongside Caltech atop the SCIAC standings at 4-2. The Beavers have held at least a share of the conference lead for over two weeks, dating back to Jan. 4.
Chapman outshot Caltech 49-39 percent from the field and 35-29 percent from beyond the arc while committing a mere six turnovers against the Beavers' 16 to overcome a six-rebound deficit. The Panthers started hot, jumping out to a 12-4 lead before Caltech scored six unanswered points to pull within two with 12:43 on the clock. Chapman stretched back out to a six-point lead with 10:21 left in the half, but the Beavers stormed back with nine straight points over the next three minutes to take their first lead of the game at 21-18.
The hosts turned the tables soon after, however, as the hot hand of SCIAC scoring leader Cam Haslam fueled the Panthers to score the final 15 points of the half over a three-and-a-half-minute span and carry a 20-point lead into halftime.
Caltech quickly put up the first five points of the second half but could not keep pace with Chapman's scorching offense and the Panthers cruised to the 83-60 victory.
Al-Rayes recorded a dominant line of 14 points, 10 rebounds and program-record eight blocks while freshman Brent Cahill (Laguna Beach, Calif. / Laguna Beach) and junior Ricky Galliani (Menlo Park, Calif. / Sacred Heart Prep) joined him in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Senior Robert Anderson (Orono, Minn. / Orono) stepped in to drill three of four three-point attempts while sophomore David Kawashima (Studio City, Calif. / North Hollywood) dished out three assists against just one turnover.
Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger and the Beavers head to another team tied atop the standings in the University of La Verne (6-8, 4-2) on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m.