PASADENA (Feb. 16, 2019) – The Caltech men's basketball team nearly came away with its 11th victory of the season against visiting University of Redlands in the team's home finale of 2019.
The Beavers contended with the Bulldogs, who are locked in as the fourth-seeded team in the upcoming SCIAC postseason tournament, for all of the first half before turning on the offense in to begin the second half. Freshman wing Stephen Hei (Newcastle, Wash. / Liberty) had a huge first half for Caltech, scoring eight points in five minutes and converted on a pair of three-pointers. The Beavers opened the second half on a 12-2 run, accentuated by a pair of threes from sophomore guard Marcus Gee (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica), the Beavers' leading scorer on the season. Junior guard Alec Andrews (Folsom, Calif. / Folsom) assisted on both shots and finished with seven on the night. The junior's greatest pass came on a three-pointer from sophomore forward Spencer Schneider (Houston, Texas / Clearbrook) in which Andrews delivered a no-look dish while driving through the right side to find his open teammate.
While Caltech won the turnover battle on Saturday, unlike in its previous game at the University of La Verne, the host Beavers were unable to make the Bulldogs pay in the same way, coming up with just 12 points on 19 turnovers. Caltech ultimately did not shoot the ball to its liking, but still found themselves in the game to the very end thanks to its ability to generate extra chances with its defense. Andrews and Gee combined for seven steals and just one turnover in an overall solid night for the backcourt. Freshman Noah Barnes led the Beavers with 11 points while sophomores Gee and Gokul Srinivasaragavan (San Ramon, Calif. / Dougherty Valley) each had 10 points in a game where Caltech found balance in the scoring department. Between Srinivasaragavan and Hei, the Beavers managed to outscore the Bulldogs 18-15 off the bench, a rarity for Caltech against conference opponents this year.
Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger and the Beavers will wrap up the 2018-19 season on the road at Pomona Pitzer on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.