Cal Lutheran Battles, Beats Caltech

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PASADENA, Calif. - The Cal Lutheran Kingsmen earned back-to-back road victories with a 54-49 win over Caltech tonight at Braun Gymnasium in league play.

Box Score: CLU 54, CIT 49 - F

Cal Lutheran erased an early 7-0 deficit and never trailed, although CIT made things interesting down the stretch. Aaron Van Klaveren gave CLU a lead at the 11:07 mark when he layed a ball for two of his 12 first half points that came in the paint. He then put the Kingsmen up by double figures at 22-12, but Caltech closed the gap over the final 9:07, capped off by a Pan Wang wide open three pointer with three ticks to go to give CLU a slim 30-28 advantage at the intermission.

Both squads shot extremely well in the first half with CLU knocking fown 52.5 percent of its shots and Caltech connecting on 50 percent from the floor.

In the second half, CLU opened with a 6-0 run.Neither team shot particularly well with the scoreboard reading 38-32 in favor of the Kingsmen for nearly five minutes until a Jayvaughn Nettles layup broke the drought. He came back with another bucket seconds later after a CIT turnover.

Trailing by 10 points at 48-38 with 2:35 remaining in regulation, Caltech would make things interesting. Following a Cal Lutheran timeout, Andrew Hogue would make a three-pointer, which hit the front iron, back iron and glass before falling through the net, After a quick Caltech timeout, CLU unfortunately turned the ball over on the inbound pass and CIT capitalized as Wang layed the ball in, pulling the Beavers within three with just under a minute to play.

Steven Davis made the front end of two free-throws to make it a two possession game at 51-47. Collin Knudsen would go to the line four seconds later and make the second after missing his first, pushing the CLU lead to five. Tech scored on the ensuing possession before Nettles sealed the victory with a pair of free-throws with 11 seconds to play.

Van Klaveren led all players with 20 points and eight rebounds despite being limited in the second half because of foul trouble. Both Nettles and Mike Harris tallied 13 points. Nettles, Collin Knudsen and Xavier Walton each handed out a pair of assists.

CLU pulled down 31 rebounds to Caltech's 22. Knudsen grabbed seven and Harris finished with six.

Wang led the Beavers with 11 points while Andrew Hogue added 10.

Cal Lutheran (9-12, 5-6 SCIAC) will return home to Gilbert Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 15 when they host SCIAC leading Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (20-1, 10-1) at 7:30 p.m.