CLAREMONT, Calif. – ClaremontMuddScripps used separate scoring spurts in the second half en route to a 73-61 win over Caltech in the final SCIAC road contest of the season for the Beavers.
Caltech started the game by nailing their first three shots from behind the arc but still trailed 14-13 with 11:13 left in the period. The Stags (14-9, 10-3) proceeded to score nine unanswered points in building their lead to 23-13 with 7:32 left. The home squad eventually took a lead as large as 12 points (31-19) with four minutes left in the period.
The Beavers (4-20, 0-13) closed the half on a 14-4 run punctuated by Mike Edwards' alley-oop lay-up from Todd Cramer at the halftime buzzer. ClaremontMuddScripps went into the locker room with a 35-33 edge.
During the opening 20 minutes the Beavers nailed six of their eight shots from long range highlighted by Mike Paluchniak's 4-for-5 effort. Pulauchniak (14) and Edwards (12) paced the Caltech scoring in the first frame.
After the teams traded points in the second period's first three possessions the score was knotted at 37-37. The first-place Stags went on a 10-3 scoring spurt to take a 47-40 lead with 12:31 left in the game. ClaremontMuddScripps methodically built their lead to 55-45 with just over eight minutes remaining.
The Beavers dwindled their deficit down to 57-53 after a Ryan Elmquist three-pointer with 6:31 remaining. However, ClaremontMuddScripps responded with an 11-4 scoring run in taking a 68-57 lead with 1:18 left to seal the win.
After their strong three-point barrage in the first period, the Beavers were held to a 2-for-7 effort in the final stanza.
The Beavers offense came from four different players. Edwards took game high honors with a 23-point evening. Edwards went for 20-plus points for the fifth time this season which ties Elmquist for second most in the SCIAC this season.
After being held to two points in the first half, Elmquist went for 10 in the second frame during his 12-point effort. The senior will play in his final home on Tuesday evening against Occidental needing one point to move into second place on Caltech's career scoring list.
Paluchniak (15) and Cramer (11) rounded out the double figure producers as the two freshmen played 40 minutes each.
Patrick Lacey had a team high 16 points for the Stags.