Photo: Michael Wong
PASADENA (Feb. 5, 2019) – The Caltech men's basketball team endured another gritty, tale of two halves game when they took on visiting Chapman University on Tuesday evening.
The Beavers' defense solved the Panthers for much of the first half, holding Chapman to just six points over the game's first seven minutes. As the visitors began to pick things up, so too did Caltech. Sophomore guard Gokul Srinivasaragavan (San Ramon, Calif. / Dougherty Valley) came off the bench to lead the Beavers with 10 first-half points and finished the game with 13 as one of two Caltech players to reach double-figures. The other, freshman guard Noah Barnes (Springfield, Va. / Jefferson) scored 11 points but did most of his damage in the second half while also contributing five rebounds and a pair of assists. Additionally, junior guard Alec Andrews (Folsom, Calif. / Folsom) had another solid game with ball control, dishing out five assists and adding six boards, including two on the offensive end during his team's last big possession.
The second half saw several lead changes, 12 in all, and neither team led by more than seven points at any time. Chapman ultimately took a foothold on the game and outstruck Caltech down the stretch, though the Beavers had success playing to their style. The home team found open shots throughout the whole game and turned the ball over just five times, which would have tied the old program record had this year's team not already broken it against Pomona-Pitzer earlier in the year.
"I'm proud of our guys," Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger said. "They have grit and they play with muster. They do things most others wouldn't dare. They're true scholar-athletes who work together and take care of the ball, defend and manufacture opportunities for success. This is a great team."
Eslinger and the Beavers will hope for better luck when they travel to second-place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (8-2 SCIAC) for a 7 p.m. game.