Beavers Bench Steps-Up But Tough Shooting Half Halts Winning Formula
CLAREMONT, CA - Despite handling the ball well and getting good contributions from the bench Caltech fell to Pomona-Pitzer 84-63 on Wednesday evening.
The Beavers tied their season high by committing only 10 turnovers. It is the second time in three games they have committed only 10 miscues. Moreover, Caltech's offense continues to improve with the youthful team as they dished out 15 assists. Also tying the second best mark of the season. Luke Lango led the charge by tying a career high as he dished out eight assists.
Caltech's reserves posted a 33-21 scoring edge over the Sagehens bench players. Leading the charge off the bench was David LeBaron's 12-point effort. The first-year went 5-for-10 from the floor in 27 minutes of action. Bryan Joel (11) and Ricky Galliani (10) also came off the bench to score in double figures.
"Really proud of our bench and our first-years tonight," said head coach Oliver Eslinger. "We battled well all game but we just had a rough shooting half."
While Pomona-Pitzer never trailed, the first 13 minutes were played evenly. The home team never took a lead larger than eight points until the closing moments of the opening frame. With 6:53 left in the half, the Sagehens took a five-point lead and made it 10 points 90 seconds later at 29-19. Caltech responded with a mini-spurt of their own and got their deficit down to four points (32-28) with 3:19 left until intermission. Pomona-Pitzer eventually took a 38-30 lead at the break.
A big blow to the Beavers chances came early in the second half. Pomona-Pitzer doubled their eight-point lead as they went in front 53-37 less than six minutes into the second half. Caltech continued to scratch-and-claw their way back into the game but their shots weren't falling during the final 20 minutes. The Beavers couldn't get their deficit under double figures.
During the final frame the Sagehens connect on 15 of their 29 field goal attempts (51.7 percent). Caltech put up 34 shots in the final half but only converted on 13 of their attempts (38.2 percent).
Kc Emezie scored a team high 14 points as the sophomore put together another fine shooting effort. He went 7-for-11 from the field as he continues to be ranked as one of the most efficient shooters in the SCIAC.
Kyle McAndrews led all scorers with a 23-point evening. Michael Cohen chipped in an 18-point effort.
Caltech returns home on Saturday evening when they host Chapman at 5:00 p.m.