CLAREMONT, Calif. - In a tight race for first place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Atheltic Conference (SCIAC), the Cal Lutheran men's basketball team dropped a key game to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 64-54 on Saturday night.
With the loss, the Kingsmen dropped into a tie with Chapman and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for first place with one game remaining on the schedule. CMS will take on La Verne in their final game while the Panthers will host Caltech. CLU will look for redemption for an earlier loss when they travel to Rush Gymnasium to take on Occidental.
Both teams shot 48 percent in the first half and with the score tied 27-27 with seconds remaining in the first period, Dan Wade drained a three to give CLU a lead heading into the break.
After a Connor McGuire three-pointer to start the second half, the Stags hit three straight threes of their own to get back in the game. CMS continued their hot shooting, going 14-for-24 (58.3 percent) from the field and 8-for-16 from three-point land, to seize control of the lead down the stretch. CLU shot just 29 percent in the second half and was outscored 37-24.
McGuire led all Kingsmen with a career-high 16 points and also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Coltrane Powdrill had 13 points and Wade added 10 off the bench and went 2-for-3 from behind the arc.
SCIAC leading scorer Tyler Gaffaney led all players with 23 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the field and he drained three three-pointers for the Stags. Jason Harrington also knocked down three treys and finished with 11 points.
Cal Lutheran (17-6, 11-4 SCIAC) will conclude the regular season with a critical matchup on the road against Occidental this Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Box Score: CMS 64, CLU 54
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