THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - With just two games to play in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) regular season, every contest matters as a battle for seedings in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament are yet to be determined, though the four teams are confirmed already. Entering the afternoon, Cal Lutheran and La Verne shared the second spot in a three-way tie in the men's basketball standings and the Kingsmen remained in that position with a 113-87 victory at the Gilbert Arena.
From the tip-off you could feel the energy in the Gilbert Arena. It was the Violet and Gold that controlled the pace of play throughout, taking a 56-44 lead at the intermission before coming out of the locker rooms to top the century mark for the fourth time of the season on a Kyle Ferreira layup with just under four minutes remaining in regulation.
Earlier in the game, at the 11:32 mark of the opening period, junior Caleb Richey set a new Cal Lutheran single-season assists record with his third of the night to break the 19-year-old record of 164 set by Johnny Allen in the 1997-98 season. He now has 172 during the 2016-17 season.
Making it easier for Richey to achieve the milestone were his teammates who were hitting baskets from all over the court. The team shooting was spot on tonight for the Kingsmen as the unit converted 62.2 percent from the floor, including a 56.3 percent showing from three-point range. Leading the offensive attack, that saw six players reach double figures, was Austin Cole who knocked down 9-for-12 with a trio of triples to score a game-high 22 points. Wolfgang Wood was next with 21 while Kyle Ferreira added 20. Kenneth Moffett came off the bench to add 16 points in 19 minutes and both Richey and Adrian Francis tallied 13.
By the end of the game Richey had handed out 10 of the 17 assists while pouring in the 13 points for a double-double.
Ferreira was one rebound shy of his own double-double with a game-best nine rebounds with Richey and Moffett each coming down with six. Moffett and Blake Miles each had a block and Cole corralled a trio of steals for CLU.
La Verne (16-8, 10-5 SCIAC) falls to third in the SCIAC standings. Hakim Arnold scored 18 points for the Leopards with Kendall McClain and Anthony White adding 16 and 12, respectively. Arnold also led the way with eight rebounds. As a team, LV shot 50.8 percent with a 4.38 percent three-point shooting night.
The playoff picture is still not completely clear, but with just one game to play the stage is set for the Kingsmen who are still fighting for home court as the No. 2 seed.
Cal Lutheran (18-6, 11-4) closes out the regular season on Tuesday, Feb. 21 with the back end of a doubleheader with the women against Caltech. Tip-off for the Kingsmen and Beavers on CLU's senior night is set for 7:00 p.m.
Box Score: CLU 113, LV 87
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