Stags Halt Kingsmen on Court
Kingsmen fall even in league play
CLAREMONT, Calif. – Against Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) leading Claremont-Mudd-Scripps tonight on the road, the Cal Lutheran men’s basketball team was stifled by the Stags who remained undefeated in league action. CLU fell to .500 in the SCIAC standings with the 66-58 loss.
Cal Lutheran, a team that has averaged nearly 50 percent shooting from the floor as a team this season, was held to a 34 percent (17-for-50) average on the night. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps shot at a 47.9 clip and out rebounded CLU 42-27 with 16 offensive boards to 11 for the Kingsmen.
CMS scored the first six points of the game before the Kingsmen finally broke onto the board in the third minute by way of a Michael Palmer layup following an offensive rebound from Corey Quintana. On the next Cal Lutheran possession Quintana sunk a three-pointer and the Kingsmen were within a point. At the 13:18 mark of the opening half Coltrane Powdrill knotted the teams at 10-10, but a 10-6 CMS run gave the home squad a decisive lead and the momentum as they opened a 32-24 gap at the intermission.
Out of the locker rooms, Palmer struck first to cut the deficit to five, but Claremont-Mudd-Scripps reeled off six of the next eight points to regain a 10-point lead. CLU would get under a double digit deficit on a Martin Flowers layup, pulling the score to 47-38 with 8:55 remaining in regulation, until the Stags again posted nine unanswered points.
Continuing to chip away, the Violet and Gold used an 11-0 run of their own, sparked by a pair of Powdrill free-throws and capped off with an Arik Smith jumper as the duo combined for all of the CLU points during the span, to get within six. Unfortunately for the Kingsmen, CMS was able to knock down seven free-throws, with six from Remy Pinson, over the final 2:26 to deny Cal Lutheran of completing a comeback.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (10-4, 5-0 SCIAC) was paced by Pinson who led all players with 18 points and five assists. Nick Lund also notched double figures tonight for the Stags with 12 off the bench. Both Tyler Gaffaney and Jack Grodahl grabbed eight rebounds for CMS, to share the game-high.
A 17-point performance from Smith led CLU tonight. The junior added five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Powdrill, whose 11-for-12 showing from the charity stripe aided him in scoring 15 points, while recording team-highs of six rebounds and three blocks. Quintana finished with eight points and four rebounds and Palmer poured in seven points with a trio of boards.
Cal Lutheran (12-3, 3-3 SCIAC) will return to the Gilbert Arena on Saturday, Jan. 18 to play the front end of a double header with the women’s basketball team as both squads host Redlands. Tip-off for the men’s game will be at 5:00 p.m.