THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The Kingsmen returned to Gilbert Arena on Sunday afternoon for their second home contest this season, and came out on top against UC Santa Cruz, 74-61. Cal Lutheran is now off to a 6-0 start this season.
Cal Lutheran jumped out with high offensive pressure behind six straight points from Wolfgang Wood, followed by a three-pointer from Adrian Francis to take the 9-6 lead over the Banana Slugs. Austin Cole extended the lead shortly after with a jumper from beyond the arc.
The Banana Slugs found themselves down 9-18 and battled to bring things back to 19-20 with just six minutes left to play in the first half. The Kingsmen began to click on offense and gained some momentum, finishing the half with a layup from Blake Miles to make things 34-27, CLU.
Cal Lutheran started off the scoring in the second half with a quick three-pointer from Wood. With 10:58 remaining in the frame, UC Santa Cruz brought things within five behind a three-pointer from Andrew Jones, but Caleb Richey sank a three-pointer just 20 seconds later to bring the Kingsmen lead to 53-45. Cal Lutheran held the lead to finish with the 74-61 victory over the Banana Slugs.
Cole finished with 18 points, shooting 5-12 from the field, and 5-6 from the free-throw line. Francis finished with 16 points, while tying Miles and Wood for the team-high with eight rebounds. Richey led the team with four assists and also tacked on four steals and 10 points.
Kyle Creighton, Corey Cilia, and Adam Marlow each had 13 points apiece for the Banana Slugs. Tre Weston and Creighton both finished with eight rebounds.
Cal Lutheran (6-0) will open up Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play against Occidental in an away game on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2:00 p.m.