ORANGE, Calif. - Cal Lutheran tied a season-high for points outlasting Chapman 84-81 Saturday evening at the Hutton Sports Center. The Kingsmen had three players in double-figures led by Coltrane Powdrill's 25 points as CLU earned its first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) win of the year.
Trailing 63-59 with nine minutes left to play in the game, Cal Lutheran went on a 6-0 run over the next five minutes to take the lead for the good. Corey Quintana hit a jumper to cut the lead to two and then John Green scored a lay-up on the following possession to pull the Kingsmen even with the Panthers. After a Powdrill came up with up with a steal on the defensive end of the floor, Arik Smith converted a jumper to give the Kingsmen the lead at 65-63.
Chapman would attempt a three-pointer on its next possession but Smith hauled in the rebound and found Powdrill on the other end for a basket as CLU stretched its lead to four at 67-63.
The Panthers would get as close as two at 67-65 with 4:58 left to play but back-to-back three-pointers by Quintana and Smith gave CLU a six-point cushion at 76-69.
Leading 82-76, Cal Lutheran gave up a three-pointer to Jordan Young with 24 seconds left. Dan Wade would hit a free-throw on the next possession to put CLU back up by four at 83-79 and then Powdrill would later ice the win with another free-throw.
In addition to Powdrill's 25 points, Smith scored 16 and Quintana chipped in with 14 as the Kingsmen shot nearly 62 percent from the field. Off the bench, Wade added eight points while Jeremy Sulker-Hall put in six. Quintana led with seven rebounds while Smith had four, Green pulled in three and Colin Knudsen had two.
Colin Zarvsnick led Chapman with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Taylor Hamasaki poured in 15 more while Nick Dragovich and Garrett James each had 11.
With the loss, Chapman falls to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the SCIAC.
Cal Lutheran (4-1, 1-1 SCIAC) will be back in action next Wednesday, Dec. 11 when it hosts St. Katherine at 7:30pm inside of Gilbert Arena.