PASADENA (Nov. 27, 2019) – The Caltech men's basketball team put on an electric showing the second half of Wednesday's non-conference tilt with undefeated Hamilton College.
Things really began to take off for the Beavers in the second half. Their 55 points in the second frame are the most the team has scored in any quarter to this point in the season. The Continentals found themselves in early foul trouble during that stretch, which allowed the Beavers additional space and time to execute their offense. SCIAC scoring leader Marcus Gee (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica) and team captain Alec Andrews (Folsom, Calif. / Folsom) especially found their groove during this period, combining for 38 of the home team's second-half points. Both players found plenty of comfort in knocking down step-back three's as well as initiating fastbreak opportunities off turnovers.
"Our guys showed such grit and high character today," Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger said. "We have players who are great listeners and work together extremely well. When we begin to read a game, it can lead to some really exciting plays."
Gee, the reigning SCIAC Offensive Player of the Week, closed the game with 28 points on near 50-percent shooting while Andrews totaled 22 points and six assists. Freshman center Pavlos Stavrinides (Nicosia, Cyprus / The English School of Nicosia) picked up the first start of his collegiate career and did not disappoint with seven points, 16 rebounds and two blocked shots against a team that had outrebounded some opponents by as many as 16 this year. Aside from Caltech's top statistical contributors, freshman guard Chase Pagon (Solana Beach, Calif. / Santa Fe Christian) and sophomore guard Stephen Hei (Newcastle, Wash. / Liberty) provided Caltech with big two-way minutes off the bench.
While the Continentals went on a run of their own to finish the game strong, it was not before Caltech hit its opponents with an 18-3 run to tie the game at 80 with just under four minutes to go in regulation. As a result, the Beavers can hold their heads high moving forward knowing full well what they are capable of.
"Our team understands the level we have to play at against these nationally recognized programs," Eslinger said. "With a game like this, it shows how good we can be."
Eslinger and the Beavers will have some time to recouperate before returning to home court on Friday, Dec. 6 to host the University of Antelope Valley at 7 p.m.