THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2018) – Career games from sophomore guard Bret Johnson (Carlsbad, Calif. / Santa Fe Christian) and Gokul Srinivasaragavan (San Ramon, Calif. / Dougherty Valley) helped provide plenty of offense for the Caltech men's basketball team against host California Lutheran University on Valentine's Day. So much so, that the two teams went to overtime for a second time in 2018.
Johnson, who picked up his first start in the last month, found his stroke from deep in the second half where he scored 16 of his 22 points and knocked down five three-pointers. The sophomore went 7-for-17 from the field overall and shot 50-percent in the second half. Srinivasaragavan, meanwhile came off the bench and logged fewer minutes but shot an efficient 6-for-12 from the field with three trey's to go along with a 5-for-5 night from the foul line. The freshman's free throw shooting allowed the Beavers to shoot nearly 10-percent above their season average from the charity stripe. Like Johnson, Srinivasaragavan also did most of his damage in the second half (10 points).
Caltech got hot in the middle of the first half, at one point leading the Kingsmen by 17 points. The home team clawed its way back, though the Beavers still took a four-point lead into halftime. The visitors overcame some adversity in the second half where the hosts were intent on continuing a scoring run stemming from the game's first 20 minutes. Sophomore guard Alec Andrews (Folsom, Calif. / Folsom) broke the Caltech drought with a three-pointer, however and the Beavers reclaimed their lead soonafter and thanks to Johnson and Srinivasaragavan, would hold it until the game's final 30 seconds. The Beavers' strong start in overtime ultimately proved to not be enough to overcome the Kingsmen, but the game will go down as another heavyweight classic between the two teams in 2018. Andrews finished the game with 15 points and five assists while freshman forward Spencer Schneider (Houston, Texas / Clearbrook) had an unlikely facilitator's game, scoring 10 points while adding seven assists.
Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger and the Beavers will play their second to last game of the season on Saturday Feb. 17 at the University of La Verne at 2 p.m.