PASADENA (Feb. 7, 2018) – Sophomore guard Alec Andrews (Folsom, Calif. / Folsom) guided the Caltech men's basketball team offensively in a defensive struggle against second-place Occidental College in the two teams' third meeting of the season on Wednesday evening.
Andrews led the way with 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting and made went 3-for-4 at the free throw line to account for all of his team's points on free throws. 13 of Andrews' points came in the second half of a game in which the Beavers remained competitive with a larger Oxy team. Both teams took care of the ball and neither team got overly aggressive as far as foul trouble was concerned. The two teams combined for just 16 fouls and Caltech had to give three fouls in the final minute of the game to send Oxy to the line. Freshman guard Gokul Srinivasaragavan (San Ramon, Calif. / Dougherty Valley) joined Andrews in double-figures and went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. Sophomore forward Calvin Huh (Fort Lee, N.J. / Bergen Tech) came off the bench to defend the glass for the Beavers, pulling down nine rebounds to go with six easy points.
The Beavers trailed the Tigers by just seven points at halftime and opened the second half on a 14-9 run to bring the deficit to just two points in the middle of the period. Andrews shined offensively during this stretch, scoring six consecutive points for the Beavers and scoring eight of his 19 points within the half's first eight minutes.
Head Coach Oliver Eslinger and the Beavers will begin their stretch run when they host the University of Redlands on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m.