THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The Cal Lutheran men's basketball team fell behind early on and could not recover in an 83-63 defeat at the hands of Redlands in a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) matchup on Saturday afternoon inside Gilbert Arena.
The Bulldogs (8-10, 4-5 SCIAC) jumped out to a 13-0 run over the first 3:07 of the game until a Dan Wade three-pointer gave CLU its first basket.
The Kingsmen, however, could never gain any traction and never led in the game. Redlands shot a blistering 61.5 percent (16-for-26) in the first half and shared the ball exceptionally well with nine assists in the first half and 18 in the game.
Trailing 43-23 coming out of the break, Wade knocked down another jumper followed by a Lanaki Apele layup, but the Bulldogs had an answer to seemingly every CLU basket.
After shooting just 29 percent in the first half, the Violet and Gold improved in the second half with a 45.5 percentage, and were even with Redlands 40-40 in second half scoring, but the early damage was too much to overcome.
Jeremy Sulker-Hall recorded a double-double with team-highs of 12 points and 12 rebounds while Wade joined him in double figures with 11 points. Justin Kam tallied nine and Sam Cirillo and Coby de Laveaga each finished with eight points.
Al Bjekovic led Redlands with 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting and Kyle Husslein tallied 15.
Cal Lutheran (7-9, 3-6 SCIAC) continues conference action at home when they welcome La Verne (8-9, 6-2 SCIAC) to Gilbert Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m.