Fast Start Paces Pacific to Victory
PASADENA, CA – Looking to build momentum from Friday night's season opening win, Caltech couldn't put the pieces together as they fell to Pacific 78-51.
Pacific started quickly on the offensive end in helping propel them to the win. The visitors hit four three-pointers in the first eight minutes as they built a 16-5 lead with 13:03 left in the stanza. They led by at least nine points the rest of the game.
The Boxers went 15-for-25 (60 percent) from the floor, including a 6-for-12 effort from behind the arc, during the opening 20 minutes of action. The visitors also converted 11 of their 13 free throw attempts in helping them build a 47-24 edge at the break.
Conversely the Caltech shots weren't falling as efficiently as they nailed 30.2 percent (10-for-32) of their attempts from the field in the first half.
While Pacific didn't shoot as efficiently in the second half they were able to keep their lead in double figures. Each team hit 10 field goals in the second frame. Pacific never let their lead slip below a 20-point spread.
The largest disparity in scoring came at the foul line. Pacific sank 20 of their 27 attempts from the charity stripe while Caltech hit on five of their seven attempts.
Riley Franinetti had a game high 17 points on the strength of four made three-pointers to pace the Boxers. Daniel Zitani chipped in a 16-point game while Mitch Wettig went 5-for-7 from the floor during his 12-point evening.
Nasser Al-Rayes played a solid 20 minutes off the bench for the Beavers. The first-year had a team high 10 points while blocking a game high five shots.