Three-Pointers Fuel Kingsmen Over Panthers

Three-Pointers Fuel Kingsmen Over Panthers

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The Cal Lutheran men's basketball team made its first eight three-pointers and continued its hot shooting from the field to take down the visiting Chapman Panthers 92-75 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) action on Thursday night inside Gilbert Arena.

The Kingsmen never trailed in the game and got off to a blistering start with four of their first five field goals cashed in from beyond the arc. After a pair of Blake Miles free-throws to put CLU on the board and a Kyle Ferreira jumper, the Kingsmen hit four straight three-pointers courtesy of Austin Cole, Caleb Richey and a pair from Ferreira.

Ferreira finished with four three-pointers against the Panthers and now has 10 triples in the last two games. The sophomore transfer from Cal State Bakersfield is making the most of his recent opportunities and is averaging 23 points in his past two starts.

Wolfgang Wood got on the board with 15:18 remaining in the first half to give CLU a quick 18-6 lead and a Cole three-pointer moments later made it a 23-13 game.

The Kingsmen knocked down eight of their first nine shots from the field and continued to pull away in the first half after an and-one conversion from KJ Moffett and another three-pointer from Richey.

Sam Cirillo got into the three-point action later in the half and Wood wrapped up the first stanza scoring with a layup to put CLU ahead 43-30 at the break.

The Panthers were never able to gain any ground in the second half as the Kingsmen applied stout defense to hold Chapman's shooters at bay.

Moffett provided a highlight dunk, midway through the frame, as he drove to the lane and threw it down with one hand to bring the crowd to its feet.

Cole finished with a game-high 26 points, one off his career-high of 27 that he set earlier this season, and Ferreira added 22. The two guards combined to hit seven three-pointers on 12 attempts and the Kingsmen finished 10-for-17 from downtown for the game. Richey nearly notched a second-consecutive double-double, falling one assist shy with nine while adding 16 points.

The Panthers put four players in double figures led by Tyler Green, Rob Nelsen and James Griffin with 12 apiece while James Taylor finished with 11.

Cal Lutheran (10-3, 3-1 SCIAC) takes to the road for its next SCIAC matchup against Caltech this Saturday, Jan. 14 at 4:00 p.m.

Box Score: CLU 92, CU 75
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