Photo: Noelle Davis
LA VERNE, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2017) – Caltech men's basketball freshmen Marcus Gee (Santa Monica / Santa Monica) and Spencer Schneider (Houston, Texas / Clearbrook), along with sophomore Alec Andrews (Folsom, Calif. / Folsom) hit double-figures as the Beavers tested Oregon-based Linfield College at the University of La Verne on Thanksgiving Eve.
Gee and Schneider each tallied 11 points and Andrews led the Beavers for a second game in as many days, this time scoring 12 points. Gee scored all 11 of his points in the second half, which proved key in the Beavers' presence as a constant threat to the Wildcats, who entered the game coming off a victory over La Verne at Braun Gymnasium on Tuesday. The Beavers trailed the Wildcats by eight at halftime and actually outscored their opponents in the second half, 29-28. Gee's shooting touch played a role as the freshman shot 50-percent from the field in the second half with two three-pointers.
Matching Linfield in the turnover battle proved to be another key for Caltech. Both teams finished the game with 14 assists to 15 turnovers, just under a 1:1 ratio. If the Beavers can maintain a sustainable pace around the 1:1 mark, it would be a likely improvement on last year's 3:4 assist-to-turnover ratio. Andrews, along with fellow guard Bret Johnson (Carlsbad, Calif. / Santa Fe Christian) played a role in the offensive side of the Beavers ratio. Both players came up with four assists while Johnson (chipped in with seven points of his own. Sophomore center Calvin Huh (Fort Lee, N.J. / Bergen Tech) also had another solid game beneath the glass, finishing the day with eight points and eight rebounds.
Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger and the Beavers will spend the next week preparing for another round robin, the Lee Fulmer Memorial Classic hosted by the University of Redlands. The Beavers will take on the University of Wisconsin Whitewater on Friday before meeting the University of California Santa Cruz in the Saturday game. Both games are set for 5:00 p.m. start times.