THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - On the road for the first time since November, the Cal Lutheran men's basketball team came up short, 77-75, in an exciting Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) loss to La Verne today.
Offensive Highlights: CLU shot just 39 percent in the contest with a 5-for-16 showing from three-point range. At the free-throw line, the Kingsmen combined to convert 24-for-29 opportunities, which was a positive from the afternoon. Dan Wade poured in a game-high 22 points and accounted for 10 of the FTs while Sam Cirillo, in his second consecutive start, supplied 19 points. Four different players had a pair of assists apiece for the Violet and Gold. In impressive ball-handling, CLU committed just five turnovers.
Defensive Highlights: On the boards tonight, the Kingsmen grabbed just 36 rebounds with Connor McGuire accounting for a game-leading 15 that included three at the offensive end of the court. Additionally, he had the only three CLU steals of the day and provided a pair of blocks, the only ones for the team, as well.
The Opponent: The Leopards finished the game shooting at a 47.6 clip with four players in double figures for scoring. Hakim Arnold earned a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Leopards. LV pulled down 41 rebounds with 12 for second chance points.
Notables: CLU dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season. Coby De Laveaga made his Division III debut in the loss.
Next Up: Cal Lutheran (5-5, 1-2 SCIAC) is back on the road on Wednesday, Jan. 13 when the Kingsmen travel to Redlands for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off against the Bulldogs.