Quick Start, Good Defense Key Whittier’s Effort

Quick Start, Good Defense Key Whittier’s Effort

PASADENA, Calif. – Whittier used a fast pace offense and high intensity defense to post a 94-60 win over Caltech in a SCIAC men's basketball match-up on Wednesday evening.

The Poets came into the game as the league's top scoring team while averaging the most steals per game in the eight team conference. 

Whittier started the game by forcing Caltech into early 12 turnovers as they took a 21-5 lead at the 11:34 mark on the scoreboard. During that opening stretch the Poets held Caltech to two field goals on their first 14 attempts while scoring 13 points off those Caltech miscues. The visitors eventually grew their lead as large as 22 points at 39-17 with 3:08 left in the half. Caltech fought back and got their deficit down to 43-30 at the halftime horn.

During the opening 20 minutes the Poets had 13 steals while forcing Caltech into 18 turnovers in holding a 20-6 edge in points off of turnovers.

The final 20 minutes of action were similar to the first as the fast pace Whittier offense and athletic defense kept the game's momentum on the Poets side. Caltech couldn't get their deficit under double figures in their final home game of the season.

Whittier forced Caltech into a season high 31 turnovers which they turned into 35 points.

Caltech's Pan Wang led all scorers with a career high 20 points on the strength of a personal best four made three-pointers in 24 minutes off the bench.

Junior Michael Edwards recorded his first double-double in a Beaver uniform. Edwards scored 19 points while grabbing a career high 10 rebounds. With two games left in the season, he is tied for fifth place on Caltech career scoring list with 1176 points.

Whittier was led by the duo of Drew Menez and Nathan Easterman who each had 17-point efforts.