CLAREMONT, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2019) – Senior Alec Andrews (Folsom, Calif. / Folsom) turned in his best all-around offensive game of the season – and arguably his career –
when the Caltech men's basketball team battled second-place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges at Roberts Pavilion on Saturday evening.
Andrews, for the second time in his career, double-doubled with assists, scoring 19 points on 50-percent shooting to go with 10 dimes for his second double-digit assist game of the season. He is now averaging over eight assists per game dating back to Jan. 26 and is currently the conference leader in assists per game strictly against SCIAC foes. The senior's skills as a facilitator allowed four other Beavers to reach double figures, including junior forward Aaron Ayres (Tucson, Ariz. / Catalina Foothills), who played 24 minutes off the bench and hit 10 points for the first time this season. Ayres' biggest contribution to the game, however, may have come on the defensive end where he led all players with three blocks. Sophomores Spencer Schneider (Houston, Texas / Clearbrook) and Marcus Gee (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica), in addition to freshman Noah Barnes (Springfield, Va. / Jefferson), joined Ayres and Andrews in double digits.
The Beavers found themselves neck-and-neck with the Stags at the conclusion of the first half when they trailed by just one point and would have entered the second half with a lead had it not been for a last-second layup by the home team. CMS's usual combination of experience and depth eventually took its toll on Caltech but the Beavers' 48.2 field goal percentage marked a near 15-percent improvement from their last meeting with the Stags. The visitors also came away with another victory in the turnover department and once against lived up to their reputation as one of the SCIAC's most pragmatic offensive teams.
"It was great to see Alec operate and dictate the game," Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger said. "Aaron added some great minutes, and he was productive on offense. We have it in us to excel and as I always say, this is a really fun group to coach. We will keep working out the kinks."
Eslinger and the Beavers will begin preparation for their penultimate road game of the season when they look for the season-sweep over the University of La Verne on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.