LA VERNE, Calif. – The La Verne men's basketball team used a late scoring spurt in the first half in helping them post a 69-52 win over Caltech on Saturday evening in a SCIAC match-up at the Frantz Athletic Court.
In a low scoring start to the first half, the Leopards held a 15-8 lead just past the halfway mark of the frame. From there the home squad slowly pulled away with solid shooting and strong defense. La Verne held Caltech to two field goals while making seven of their own in helping them close the half on an 18-7 scoring run. The home squad took a 33-15 lead into the locker room.
During the first half Caltech (5-19, 0-13 SCIAC) hit four of their 22 field goals compared to La Verne's 12-of-24 effort from the floor. The Leopards also held the Beavers scoreless from behind the arc on their 10 three-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes.
La Verne (6-18, 3-10 SCIAC) kept their lead in the 'teens for much of the final stanza before taking their largest lead of the game at 55-33 with 4:51 left in the contest. Caltech couldn't get their deficit below 16 points in the final minutes as the Leopards took the win.
After their slow start, the Leopards finished the game with a 48.9 percent (23-for-47) shooting effort while holding the Beavers to 33 percent (18-for-54) from the floor.
Caltech forced the Leopards into 22 turnovers while turning the ball over eight less times.
Jeremy Lay led all La Verne scorers with a 12-point evening in 17 minutes of action.
The Beavers play their final game of the season on Tuesday evening when they travel to the University of Redlands for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off with the Bulldogs.