Photo: Bob Paz
PASADENA (Nov. 10, 2019) – The Caltech men's basketball flashed its perimeter game but ultimately fell victim to Yeshiva University in Sunday afternoon's home opener.
After falling into a significant hole to open the contest, the Beavers railed back against the Maccabees with two convincing scoring runs. The first run came over the final four minutes of the first half when Caltech outscored Yeshiva 14-5. Sophomore guard Stephen Hei (Newcastle, Wash. / Liberty) played a significant role over that stretch with eight of his 18 points and a pair of three-pointers. Junior guard Marcus Gee (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica) put a bow on the run with a jump shot in motion with five seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 11 heading into the half.
Caltech's second run picked up where the first one left off. The Beavers outscored the Maccabees 13-5 over the first four minutes of the second half and made it a three point game after a block from Gee created a fast break opportunity for Hei in transition. However, one day after Yeshiva got outshot at Occidental College, the visiting team from New York City turned the tables on Caltech by shooting nearly 50-percent from the field. Still, the Beavers were not without their bright spots. Hei and Gee combined for seven of the team's eight three-pointers and Caltech managed out-rebound Yeshiva 37-32 thanks to seven from Gee and eight from freshman center Pavlos Stavrinides (Nicosia, Cyprus / The English School of Nicosia), who played 22 minutes off the bench.
"That was a good first test," Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger said. "We played a good team that is very capable of winning their league and becoming an NCAA Tournament qualifier. We made a huge run to get back in the game, which I think showed everyone who we can be. Today's game made us better and that's what we strive for each day."
Eslinger and the Beavers will have a chance to win their first game of the season this weekend when they travel to the University of California, Santa Cruz to take on the University of Puget Sound on Saturday, Nov. 16 before linking up with the Banana Slugs on Sunday.