Second Half Comeback Comes Up Short
WHITTIER, CA – Despite a valiant second half comeback effort, Caltech couldn't overcome Whittier as the Beavers fell 87-69 in their final game of the season.
The Poets connect on 16 of their 30 field goal attempts as opened up a 45-19 lead after the first period. In addition to their solid shooting effort during the opening stanza, the Poets scored 16 points off of 14 Caltech turnovers.
Despite their 26-point deficit to start the second half the Beavers slowly chipped away to get back in the ball game. Whittier grew their lead to 57-27 less than four minutes into the half yet there was no quit from Caltech.
The Beavers trimmed that disadvantage down to 15 points when a Rob Anderson three-pointer with 6:38 left put Caltech within 71-56. A few possessions later Ricky Galliani hit a shot from behind the arc and the Beavers were down just 12 points at 73-61. However, that would be as close as the Beavers would get. During the final 4:40 of the game the home team outscored the Beavers 14-8 to seal the win.
In the Beavers second half comeback effort they made 19 field goals, six of which were from behind the arc, as they put up 50 points in the final frame. It was the highest scoring half of the season for Caltech.
Galliani and Kc Emezie each scored a team high 16 points. Galliani closes his first-year campaign by scoring in double figures in two of his final three games off the bench. Andrew Hogue chipped in a 12-point effort while grabbing a game high nine rebounds.
Luke Lango dished out four assists as he completes his first-year with the squad with 80 assists. He tied George Papa for sixth best single season total in Caltech history.
Chris Barnes-Williams scored a game high 22 points to pace the Poets offense.