Photo: Noelle Davis
PASADENA (Jan. 30, 2019) – The Caltech men's basketball team found an offensive rhythm when they took on visiting California Lutheran University on Wednesday evening.
The Beavers hung 74 points on the Kingsmen, 12 points above their season average. Five different players reached double-figures for the first time this season and junior guard Alec Andrews (Folsom, Calif. / Folsom) nearly double-doubled with assists. The junior guard hit double-figures for the first time since Jan. 19, scoring 10 points to go with nine assists and three steals. Sophomores Marcus Gee (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica) and Spencer Schneider (Houston, Texas / Clearbrook) each led the home team with 19 points apiece. Gee knocked down five three-pointers and both players contributed to Caltech's perfect night at the free throw line. Along with classmate Gokul Srinivasaragavan (San Ramon, Calif. / Dougherty Valley), the trio combined to shoot 9-for-9 from the line. Srinivasaragavan, along with freshman guard Noah Barnes (Springfield, Va. / Jefferson) joined their teammates in double-figures.
Caltech had an up-and-down first half where they obtained the momentum through the middle portion of the period and even took the lead with 12 minutes to go. The offense executed well, shooting 42.9-percent from the field and 32-percent from deep with ratios on par with earlier games that saw the Beavers come out on top. Caltech demonstrated room-for-improvement defensively, however, and will look to work out its improvements in advance of the next game.
"Offensively, I thought we did a lot of good stuff tonight," Eslinger said. "We took good shots, moved the ball and executed reasonably well. There is definitely work to be done defensively. We will use the rest of the season to toughen up and get back to doing what we do."
Eslinger and the Beavers will look to get back on track on Saturday, Feb. 2 when they host Whittier College at 4:30 p.m.