THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - After leading by as many as 25 points early in the second half, the Cal Lutheran men's basketball team held on for an 85-82 victory over Redlands in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) action on Tuesday night inside Gilbert Arena.
With the win, the Kingsmen snap a two-game skid and remain in fourth place in the conference standings.
In what turned out to be a thriller, started with the Kingsmen blowing the Bulldogs away in the first half. With the score knotted at 18-18 midway through the opening period, CLU went on a 12-0 run that featured seven points from Wolfgang Wood and four assists from Caleb Richey.
The Kingsmen continued to stay hot and extended their lead after Kyle Ferreira and Wood drained back-to-back three-pointers to take a 40-24 advantage.
In the final three minutes of the half, Kenneth Moffett provided three layups, including an and-one conversion, and Austin Cole capped of the scoring with his fifth field goal to put CLU ahead at the break, 51-28.
Redlands came out shooting to start the second half. Leading scorer, Trevor Baker knocked down two quick three-pointers and the Bulldogs slowly began to chip away at the large lead.
With 6:12 remaining in the game, Blake Miles provided a high-flying fast break dunk to keep the lead at 19 points, 74-55.
From that point on, Baker scored 20 of the final 27 points for the Bulldogs and his barrage of three-pointers helped cut the Kingsmen lead to just two, 82-80, with 48 seconds to go.
On the ensuing possession, as he had done all night long, Richey found the open man in Ferreira, who hit the clutch game-saving three-pointer in the corner to seal the win.
CLU was outscored 54-34 in the second half but held on for the win due to its large first half lead. The Kingsmen shot 45.5 percent from the field as opposed to 48.3 percent for Redlands. CLU held a 20-3 advantage in points off turnovers and outscored the Bulldogs 46-32 in the paint.
Wood eclipsed the 20-point plateau for the third straight game and finished with a team-high 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field. Many of those baskets came courtesy of Richey who dished out 13 assists. Cole knocked down three, three-pointers in the game and tallied 18 while Moffett totaled 13 off the bench.
Baker led all players in the game with 33 points for Redlands while Blake O'Brien finished with an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Cal Lutheran (12-5, 5-3 SCIAC) will hit the road for its next matchup against Chapman this Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4:00 p.m.
Box Score: CLU 85, UR 82
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