ORANGE, Calif. - The Cal Lutheran men's basketball team lost their first road game of the season after falling to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Chapman 86-70 on Thursday night at Hutton Sports Center.
In their first meeting earlier this season, the Kingsmen defeated the Panthers and as a result snapped their 21-game regular season win streak. Since then, Chapman has lost three out of five games and slipped to third place in the SCIAC standings, while CLU has taken over sole possession of first.
Looking for redemption on their home court, the Panthers shot lights out going 7-for-12 from three-point territory (58.3 percent) and made more than half of their field goal attempts shooting 54.2 percent. Their hot shooting allowed them to jump out to an early lead, but the Kingsmen would battle back.
John Green converted an early and-one opportunity and Arik Smith continued his strong play this season to keep the score neck-and-neck midway through the first half. With 8:53 remaining however, Chapman went on a 13-2 run fueled by Jake Henke who hit three straight jump shots, and a three-pointer from Colin Zavrsnick to give the Panthers a 42-33 lead at the break.
The second half featured more of the same from the Panthers as they outscored the Kingsmen 22-11 over the first 10 minutes to take a 21-point lead, which they would hold on to and snap the Violet and Gold's seven game winning streak.
Smith led the Kingsmen with game-high 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field and also added a team-high five assists. Green had his highest scoring outburst of the season, matching his career-high of 11 points in 20 minutes off the bench while also grabbing six rebounds. Coltrane Powdrill also notched double-figures with 15 points.
Chapman (19-4, 10-4 SCIAC) was led by Zavrsnick who had 20 points and went 4-for-6 from three-point territory and Garrett James who had 18 points.
Cal Lutheran (17-5, 11-3 SCIAC) remains one game ahead of both Chapman and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the SCIAC standings and they will have a critical matchup this Saturday, Feb. 21 when they travel to take on the Stags at 7:00 p.m.
Box Score: CU 86, CLU 70
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