THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Ten days after opening their schedule the Cal Lutheran men's basketball team improved to 3-0 on the young 2013-14 season as the Kingsmen prepare to open league play next week. Tonight at the Gilbert Arena, CLU downed Pacifica 84-60 to remain undefeated this winter.
Spearheaded by 30-point, 15-rebound double-double from Coltrane Powdrill, Cal Lutheran opened an 11 point lead at the intermission and cruised to victory. Powdrill led all players in both categories in the contest.
Corey Quintana, who also reached double figures in scoring with 12, erased a one-point, 9-8, deficit with his second consecutive jumper, which sparked a 7-0 run that concluded with a three-pointer from Arik Smith. The Kingsmen would never trail throughout the remainder of regulation.
Pacifica battled, pulling the score within three at 31-28 with just under four minutes remaining in the first half. CLU would use a 10-2 stretch to close out the period. When Michael Palmer layed in a bucket and was fouled, he converted the free-throw and pushed the lead to double digits entering the locker rooms.
After the break, a Pacifica tip-in by AJ Hecox cut the CLU advantage to eight and the Gladiators hung around, but it was a pair of John Green free-throws that pushed the gap back to 10 for good. Powdrill quickly opened the lead to 20-plus points with a fast-break layup on an assist from Lanaki Apele, who handed out a game-high four in just four minutes of action tonight.
A number of freshmen made his respective collegiate debut tonight including Reagan Chapman, Samuel Cirillo, Jacob Dawe and Connor McGuire. Cirillo knocked down a three-pointer to give CLU its largest lead of the game at 25 and he added a second basket for five total points. McGuire also added to the tally with a layup at the end of regulation after grabbing the first rebound of his career.
Joining Powdrill and Quintana in double figures tonight was Smith with 11, also providing three assists.
Defensively, Lynott finished with nine rebounds and a game-high three blocks. Palmer tallied six boards and had two of the three CLU steals while Powdrill also chipped in with two blocks.
Collin Knudsen came off the bench with a balanced performance, contributing five rebounds, four points, three assists and a block.
Pacifica (0-5) was paced by 18 points from Alex Mendiola and seven rebounds from Jonathan Earl. Hecox also had 13 points and two blocks.
Cal Lutheran (3-0) opens Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) action on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Pomona-Pitzer with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.