THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The Cal Lutheran men's basketball ran into No. 21 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday night in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) action and fell to the Stags 86-71 inside Gilbert Arena.
CMS scored on the first possession of the game and jumped out to a quick 10-1 lead before CLU had a chance gather themselves. Wolfgang Wood converted the first field goal of the game for the Kingsmen with 15:12 on the clock in the first half.
Wood proceeded to knock down a three-pointer followed by another jump shot on the ensuing possession to bring the Kingsmen within seven, 15-8.
The Stags, however, began to pull away with a handful of shots from beyond the arc and took a 26-15 lead at the 7:41 mark. Blake Miles and Austin Cole got into the scoring mix for the Violet and Gold towards the end of the first half and CLU trailed by just seven, 40-33, at the break.
Midway through the second, Wood and Kenneth Moffett fueled a Kingsmen rally that brought the team within three points, 55-52, with 10:03 on the clock but the Stags responded at every turn.
After back-to-back three-pointers from CLU, the Stags knocked down a three-pointer of their own to extend its lead and hold off any Kingsmen comeback hopes.
CMS shot 60.7 percent for the game including 60 percent from downtown while CLU shot 52 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc.
Wood finished with a game-high 25 points and 11 rebounds on 9-for-15 shooting and Moffett tallied a season-best 14 points off the bench. Cole and Richey each produced 11 points while Miles finished with 10 to put five Kingsmen in double figures. Richey dished out a game-high nine assists.
The Stags were led by Michael Scarlett's 18 points and Scott Lynds added 15. Patrick Myers finished with 14 off the bench and Kendrick Morris also tallied 14.
Cal Lutheran (11-5, 4-3 SCIAC) continues SCIAC action at home on Tuesday, Jan. 24 against Redlands (5-10, 1-5 SCIAC) at 7:00 p.m.
Box Score: CMS 86, CLU 71
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