PASADENA, Calif. - For the first time ever, the Cal Lutheran men's basketball team dropped two games to Caltech in a season after the Beavers rallied in the second half to defeat the Kingsmen 64-60 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) action at the Braun Athletic Center on Saturday night.
Earlier this season the Beavers beat CLU for the first time since the very first meeting between the two teams during the 1962-63 season.
The Violet and Gold led 33-27 at halftime, but Caltech outscored the Kingsmen 37-27 in a big second half. Tied at 57-57 with 3:45 remaining, the Beavers closed out the game with clutch free-throw shooting while CLU went just 1-for-5 from the field.
Offensive Highlights: Freshman Austin Cole finished with a career-high 17 points and Jeremy Sulker-Hall led the Kingsmen with a game-high 23 points on 10-of-18 from the field. The pair combined for 30 of the Violet and Gold's 33 first half points and only the starters scored for CLU. Dan Wade also reached double-figures with 13 points.
Defensive Highlights: Connor McGuire led the Kingsmen with nine rebounds and one block and tied with Cole for a game-high three steals.
Opponent: Caltech shot an extremely efficient 50 percent (23-for-46) from the field and knocked down five three-pointers. The Beavers contributed 17 bench points from David Kawashima and Brent Cahill. Ricky Galliani led CIT with 18 points while Nasser Al-Rayes finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Notables: Cole made the first start of his career for the Kingsmen and produced a career-high for the second straight game. Sulker-Hall provided his fourth 20-point game of the season.
Caltech (8-12, 6-5 SCIAC) is currently in fourth place in the conference standings while CLU drops into a four-way tie for sixth.
Cal Lutheran (8-10, 4-7 SCIAC) continues its road trip Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Pomona-Pitzer at 7:30 p.m.