REDLANDS, Calif. - On the road for the longest trip of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) season, the Cal Lutheran men's basketball team travelled to Redlands where the Kingsmen held on for a 48-47 victory over the Bulldogs tonight.
In a game that CLU combined to shoot just 30.8 percent from the floor and team scoring leader Arik Smith was held to just 10 points, only two in the first half, the Violet and Gold dug deep and found a way to win. Coltrane Powdrill finished with a team-high 17 points and Connor McGuire tallied 12, while also pulling 14 rebounds, the most for CLU, for a double-double in all 40 minutes of action.
Neither team found a rhythm and UR shot slightly less accurately than the Kingsmen at 29.3 percent in the game, though they grabbed more rebounds (38) than CLU (33).
Both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net in the first couple of minutes, but McGuiregot the scoring started with a three-pointer assisted by Lanaki Apele. Midway through the half the teams were tied at 14-14 and the score would remain stagnant for four full minutes until UR broke through with a Zack Whittet jumper. Two possessions later, Apele put in a reverse layup to again tie the teams. CLU would go on a 6-2 run to close out the period with a 22-18 lead at the break.
The second half was more of the same as the teams swapped leads throughout the final 20 minutes of regulation. Overall, CLU and UR were never separated by more than six points and the game ended with 14 total lead changes and four ties.
Redlands (4-16, 2-9 SCIAC) was paced tonight by a double-double from Aljosa Bjekovic with a 21-point, 15-rebound night to lead all players on the court.
Cal Lutheran (15-4, 9-2) remains on the road Tuesday, Feb. 10 when the Kingsmen travel to La Verne for a 7:30 p.m. tip-against the Leopards.