Kingsmen, Beavers Sweep in SCIAC Classic
CLU, Caltech both go 2-0
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The results on day two of the SCIAC Classic were identical to the outcomes on Saturday at Caltech in the co-hosted tournament. In the first game today Cal Lutheran disposed of UC Santa Cruz 72-60, sweeping a season series, before Caltech defeated Illinois Tech 82-65 in the nightcap.
CLU and UCSC exchanged baskets for much of the first 10 minutes, but when Michael Palmer put in a three at the 11:33 mark he broke a 17-17 tie and the Kingsmen would never trail for the remainder of the contest. The Violet and Gold took a comfortable 37-30 lead into the locker room on a Collin Knudsen bucket at the buzzer after grabbing an offensive rebound.
After the intermission Cal Lutheran earned its first double figure lead with 13:31 remaining in regulation when Corey Quintana scored two of his 12 points on a layup assisted by Knudsen for a score of 53-42. With just over three minutes to play Jeremy Sulker-Hall used a layup to provide an 11-point lead and the Arik Smith pushed that advantage to as many as 15 on a pair of free-throws down the stretch.
Four Kingsmen produced 11 points or more and Coltrane Powdrill led all players with 19. Both Sulker-Hall and Guy Lynott tallied 11 with Lynott shooting a perfect 5-for-5 from the field. Powdrill nearly notched another double-double, also grabbing a game-high nine rebounds. Quintana followed with eight boards, and a pair of blocks, and Knudsen and Sulker-Hall each came down with five. In just five minutes of action Steven Davis handed out a team-leading three assists, which were also a share of the game-high.
The Banana Slugs looked to Ilan Zur for 16 points with Austin Steadman chipping in for 13 with a team-best six rebounds. Three different players recorded a block and Spencer Wells tallied a trio of assists as well. UCSC finished with eight steals, coming from eight different players.
The second game saw Caltech run away with an 82-65 victory for back-to-back wins. Pacing the Beavers was a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double performance from Andrew Hogue as the junior also dished out four assists. Lawrence Lee led all players with five assists while scoring 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Both Hogue and Lee were 7-for-9 from the floor as the Beavers combined to shoot 50 percent as a team.
Anthony Loss was the top-scorer on the day with 32 points, which included a 13-for-16 showing at the stripe. Elezoglou Dimitrios and Samuel Rarick reached double figures as well with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Rarick had the only IIT block of the game and also led Scarlet Hawks with six rebounds.
Caltech (3-6) improves to .500 on the season while Illinois Tech remains winless in 2013-14, falling to 0-12. UC Santa Cruz now sits at 2-8 on the season.
Cal Lutheran (7-1) is back on the court Saturday, Dec. 21 for a non-conference showdown with Willamette at 1:00 p.m. in the Gilbert Arena.