THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Cole Thomas scored a team-high 13 points and added six rebounds, but the Cal Lutheran men's basketball team dropped its final game of the CLU Holiday Classic, 66-49, to the Messiah Falcons on Monday afternoon.
Palmer Chaplin was named to the All-Tournament team as he showcased an all-around game of six points, four steals, four rebounds and three assists.
Thomas saw his first action with the team on Dec. 1 after sitting out the first part of the season due to an injury. During the six-game span in which he has returned, he has shot an outstanding 54-percent from the field.
Lachlan Hannemann joined Thomas in double-digits but had an off-shooting night as he posted 10 points on 2-of-8 from three-point range and 4-of-15 from the field. He tied with Chaplin for the most assists on the team with three.
The Kingsmen suffered a cold-shooting night and were 18-of-59 (30.5-percent) from the field and 4-for-20 (20-percent) from three. The Purple and Gold were outrebounded 47 to 31 and the bench was outscored 24 to 9.
Messiah opened up a 9-4 lead four minutes into the game and CLU answered to cut the lead to two after a Thomas layup made it 13-11. Just over a minute later, Brooks Mallory drilled a three and the score was knotted at 14.
The Falcons were right there with back-to-back three's as they held and continued to increase a lead over the rest of the half. At the break, Messiah took a 37-28 lead to the locker room.
Messiah opened the second half with a 5-0 run and took a double-digit lead going up 42-28. The Falcons never let the Kingsmen back within 10 points and won the game 66-49.
Cal Lutheran (1-9) continues the season on the road with Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. The Kingsmen travel to Redlands on Saturday for a matchup at 2 p.m.
Box Score: MC 66, CLU 49
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Release by Ryan Jorgenson, Sports Information Director