THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Three different players scored at least 15 points as Cal Lutheran rebounded from a loss last Thursday to defeat Occidental 79-59 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) action Saturday night. Arik Smith led the way with 20 points and three blocks while Corey Quintana had 18 and Guy Lynott chipped in 17 more. After shooting just 41 percent in a loss to La Verne on Thursday, Cal Lutheran responded by going 34-of-62 (54.8%) from the field against the Tigers Saturday. The Kingsmen also held Occidental to 29 percent shooting as it got its first home conference win of the season.
With the Kingsmen leading for just 19 seconds in the previous game against ULV, Cal Lutheran never trailed Saturday night's contest. Cal Lutheran limited to Occidental to just 30 percent from the field in the first half but the Tigers stayed in the game thanks to 7-of-14 shooting from the three-point line. Occidental pulled to within 22-20 at 5:52 after a three-pointer by Kory Hamane but the Kingsmen went on a 7-0 run to go up 29-20. Coltrane Powdrill and Dan Wade made consecutive lay-ups and then after Lynott came up with an offensive rebound, Wade sank a three-pointer from the corner to cap the run.
CLU took nine-point lead into halftime at 35-26 after out-rebounding the Tigers 22-16.
Occidental climbed back to within six at 39-33 with 16:57 left to play when Chad Tanioka made all three free-throws after being fouled and Juwan Rice made 15-foot jumper.
But that would be as close as Occidental would get with CLU going on 12-5 run over the next three minutes. Lynott scored nine points in the run, notching three straight lay-ups before capping the run with a three-pointer from the left wing.
The Kingsmen later went up by 18 at 66-48 with 6:11 left as Quintana scored seven points including a three-pointer and Smith got back-to-back lay-ups.
Lanaki Apele, John Green and Curtis Opsahl all appeared in the final minutes to close out the victory for the Kingsmen.
In addition to Lynott, Quintana and Smith, Powdrill also reached double figures, scoring 10 points while hauling in nine rebounds and dishing out a season-high five assists. Quintana tied Powdrill for the team lead in rebounds with nine as well. Wade finished with seven points off the bench. The Kingsmen had a decided advantage in the interior, outscoring the Tigers 44-20 in the paint. Cal Lutheran also had a 16-5 advantage in points off turnovers.
Sepncer Levy had 18 points to lead Occidental as it suffered its first SCIAC loss of the season.
Occidental falls to 6-5 and 2-1 in the SCIAC following the loss.
Cal Lutheran (11-2, 2-2 SCIAC) will be back in action next Saturday, Jan. 11, when it travels to Caltech. Tip-off with the Beavers is set for 5:00 p.m.