The Cal Lutheran men’s basketball team officially began their season in Gilbert Arena on Saturday night and after a tight contest all the way through, the Kingsmen came up on the losing end 57-54 to Bristol University.
After many weeks of practice, the Cal Lutheran men’s basketball team will finally get the chance to compete against another team as they kick-off their 2014-15 season in an exhibition on Friday night. CLU will return 14 players from last season including three starters, and will add six newcomers to the mix.
Everyone played Bingo as a kid; now, the Cal Lutheran student body has the opportunity to play it again with sporting events! CLU athletics, marketing and student life have teamed up to create Purple Pit Bingo complete with prizes at the end of the semester.
Much praise is focused on athletic success during the day-to-day operations of Cal Lutheran athletics, but on Saturday, May 10, 160 student-athletes were recognized, honored and inducted into the CLU Scholar Athlete Society at the 11th annual induction ceremony in the Gilbert Arena.
During Division III Week Cal Lutheran will feature a number of student-athletes. Senior bioengineering major Michael Palmer excelled in the classroom while playing four years of basketball for the Kingsmen and being active in the Hawaii Club.
Cal Lutheran is one of 448 Division III institutions around the country. During the week of April 7-13, all members will host Division III Week, aimed at celebrating what those schools have to offer student-athletes in the classroom, in the field of play and in the community during the 40th year of the NCAA.
Junior guard Arik Smith was selected as First Team All-SCIAC while fellow junior forward Coltrane Powdrill became the first Kingsmen to be named the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year in addition to earning Second Team All-SCIAC honors.
The Cal Lutheran men’s basketball team was unable to recreate the Friday night magic this evening at Chapman in the SCIAC Post Season Tournament Championship game as the Kingsmen fell 79-51, which unfortunately also ended the NCAA playoff hopes for CLU.