THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - A week full of emotion and success for the Cal Lutheran men's basketball team concluded with a 72-52 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) victory over Caltech inside the friendly confines of the Gilbert Arena this afternoon to begins the second round of league action.
All 14 players dressed got on the court tonight and all contributed positively. Four different Kingsmen reached double figures and two more tallied eight points apiece as CLU combined to shoot 52.9 percent from the floor.
The tip-off was won by Connor McGuire and CLU scored first, but Caltech hung around and took a brief 6-4 lead. An Arik Smith dunk knotted things up and sparked a 10-0 run. On the ensuing possession Smith recorded a block on an attempted dunk and McGuire scored at the other end of the court to break the tie. From that point the home squad controlled the momentum and took a 35-23 advantage into the locker rooms at the half.
Out of the break, CLU notched back-to-back and-ones from Smith and McGuire and the Violet and Gold cruised through the final 18:41, pushing the gap to as many as 28 points.
Overall, Cal Lutheran was paced by a game-high 14 points from Coltrane Powdrill with 12 from McGuire and 10 apiece from Smith and John Green. At the charity stripe Powdrill and Green combined to go 10-for-10. Lanaki Alepe was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field for eight points and Martin Flowers matched that total. In addition to his dozen points, McGuire chipped in with five steals, four assists and two blocks with numerous displays of athleticism.
Freshman Lyle West made his SCIAC debut today and finished with two rebounds and a steal while Reagan Chapman, Jacob Dawe and Curtis Opsahl each pulled down a rebound.
Caltech (1-17, 0-9 SCIAC) was led by 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds from Andrew Hogue with KC Emezie scoring 10 as well.
Cal Lutheran (13-4, 7-2) is back home to face off with Pomona-Pitzer on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. inside of the Gilbert Arena for the second to last regular season home game.