PASADENA (Jan. 19, 2019) – The Caltech men's basketball team took care of the ball at an unprecedented rate during Saturday's Alumni Day game against first-place Pomona-Pitzer Colleges.
The Beavers committed just four turnovers to set a new program record for fewest turnovers in a game, a feat last set back in 2010-11 against Occidental College. The home team's pragmatic offensive approach aided itself in the first half where they shot 45-percent from the field and entered the second half trailing its opponent by just eight points.
The deep and experienced Sagehens started fast in the second half, but the game's pacing down the stretch allowed the Beavers to score their most points since last weekend's game at Whittier College. Additionally, four Caltech players finished the game in double-figures. Sophomore guard Marcus Gee (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica) led the way with 19 points and a team-best three steals, while freshman Noah Barnes (Springfield, Va. / Jefferson) contributed 16 points and a team-best six assists. Junior Alec Andrews (Folsom, Calif. / Folsom) and sophomore Spencer Schneider (Houston, Texas / Clearbrook) each had 11 points and sophomore guard Gokul Srinivasaragavan (San Ramon, Calif. / Dougherty Valley) threatened for double-figures with eight points off the bench. Caltech's ability to maximize contributions from all nine of its players continues to build optimism within the team heading into the second half of its SCIAC schedule.
"Our team is all about each other," Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger said. "We are all learning every day and every game we can take something and build on it. To take care of the ball like we did and generate great shots is impressive. We will get back to work on both ends be ready for the second half of conference play."
Eslinger and the Beavers will have a chance to get back in the win column next weekend when they travel to Oxy for a 4 p.m. game.