PASADENA, CA – In the final game of the season for both teams, the La Verne men's basketball team posted a 65-49 win over Caltech on Tuesday evening.
La Verne mixed a steady rebounding effort with a solid defense in controlling the game. Neither team shot the ball effectively in the first half but the Leopards were able to open up a leads thanks, in part, to effective defense and rebounding. La Verne forced Caltech into 11 miscues which they turned into a 9-5 advantage in points off turnovers. Each team grabbed 19 rebounds in the first half but the visitors translated nine offensive rebounds into eight second chance points. La Verne took a 29-20 lead into the locker room.
The second half started well for the Beavers as they hit three of their first five shots. With that opening spurt, Caltech was down 31-25 with 17:53 remaining on the clock. However, the Beavers couldn't pull any closer. La Verne went on a decisive scoring run over the next 6:51 as they took a 47-27 lead right before the midway point of the half. Caltech continued to battle but weren't able to pull within single digits as the Leopards grabbed the win.
The Leopards ended up holding an 18-16 edge in points off turnovers in addition to holding a plus-five rebounding edge. They converted 14 offensive rebounds into 14 second chance points. La Verne also went to the charity stripe often as they made 21-of-29 foul shots compared to an 8-for-13 effort by Caltech.
Kc Emezie had a team best 14 points in 31 minutes of action. Runkel grabbed a Caltech best eight rebounds.
Chandar, who has played limited minutes during games but has been valuable leader in practices, hit a three-pointer with just under a minute left.
"It's great that a hard working player like Arjun is able to score the last points for the senior class. He has been a vital contributor to this program," Eslinger said.
La Verne's Alonzo Young came off the bench to score a game high 22 points. Jake Veith chipped in a 15-point evening while Ronn See contributed 10 points.