WHITTIER, Calif. - Following a tough-overtime loss last Thursday, Cal Lutheran responded with one its best wins of the season, defeating Whittier 82-75 on the road Saturday night. The Kingsmen used a 21-5 run midway through the first half to grab the lead and never looked back as Coltrane Powdrill led with 27 points and 11 rebounds and CLU moved back above .500 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play.
Leading 15-11, Dan Wade scored a fast-break three-pointer on an assist from Corey Quintana and kick-started a stretch where CLU would sink eight of the game's next ten baskets. Following a three-pointer from Arik Smith to put Cal Lutheran up by 15, Collin Knudsen came up with a steal near the wing and pushed it forward to Powdrill, who sank a jumper to make the score 33-16.
Minutes later, Powdrill and Wade both corralled steals that led to baskets and Guy Lynott's jumper with 3:52 left capped the run at 39-18.
The Kingsmen would enter halftime up 45-28 after nearly all of CLU's starters reach double-figures.
Whittier wasted little time getting back in the game to start the second half, cutting the lead to six at 55-49 following Nick Demusis lay-up.
CLU maintained the six-point lead before baskets from Quintana and Smith and free-throws Wade put the Kingsmen back up by 10 at 64-54 with 6:13 left to play.
The Poets would make one final charge, chipping the CLU lead down to four at 74-70 following two-three pointers but the Kingsmen would finish the half 17-of-18 at the free-throw line including going 6-for-6 in the final minute alone to seal the win.
In addition to Powdrill's double-double, Quintana notched one as well finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Smith was second on the team with 16 points Jeremy Sulker-Hall poured in eight points off the bench. Knudsen hauled in five rebounds, four points and steal in 20 minutes of action. As a team, CLU finished 22-of-24 at the free-throw line.
Chris Barnes-Williams led Whittier with 22 points.
Cal Lutheran (14-4, 5-4 SCIAC) will look to go two games above .500 in league play when it continues its road-trip, playing Occidental on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m.