LANCASTER, Calif. -- The Caltech men's basketball squad posted a 95-79 win at West Coast Baptist College on Thursday evening.
The win marks the first time since the 1994-95 season that Caltech has posted three wins in their first five games. The 95-point output was the highest scoring game for a Beaver squad since a January 2005 game against the University of Redlands.
Caltech raced out to a 9-2 lead but West Coast Baptist responded before taking a seven point lead midway through the first half. Bryan Joel aided in the Beavers comeback by nailing all four of his three point attempts in the closing minutes of the opening frame as Caltech took a 43-34 edge into the locker room.
A 5-0 scoring outburst by Caltech started the second half which forced a West Coast Baptist timeout. The home team responded by going on a 16-7 run to get within 55-50. However, that was as close as they got as the Beavers pulled away for the win.
The Beavers were 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) from behind the arc to aid in their efforts. Overall, the Caltech offense went 32-of-48 (52.6 percent) on their field goal attempts.
Joel and Michael Edwards each scored a game high 22 points. Todd Cramer nearly posted the first triple-double in Caltech history with a 22-point, nine-rebound, nine-assist performance. Andrew Hogue (13) rounded out the double digit offensive producers for the Beavers.