PASADENA, CA – The University of Redlands men's basketball started strong and never looked back in posting a 106-74 win over Caltech on Wednesday evening.
It was the first SCIAC game of the season for both teams.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a hot start by hitting 12 of their first 13 field goal attempts while forcing nine turnovers and holding the Beavers to two made field goals in the same stretch. Redlands held a 22-4 lead 6:06 into the contest.
In the first half Redlands kept their lead at 20 or more points throughout as the visitors went into the locker room up 61-31.
During that opening frame the Bulldogs connected on 23 of their 35 (65.7 percent) field goal attempts. They were just as effective from behind the arc by converting 64.6 percent (7-of-11) of their attempts. Caltech hit 12 of their 26 (46.2 percent) field goals attempts but couldn't overcome a 17 turnover first half. Redlands held a 24-7 edge in points off turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
The second stanza was played much more evenly with Caltech making 16 field goals compared to 15 for Redlands but the first half deficit was too much to overcome for the Beavers.
Michael Edwards had a game high 20 points to pace the Beavers scoring efforts. The senior is now 10 points away from tying George Papa's school career scoring record of 1297 points.
Kc Emezie came off the bench to produce his first collegiate double-double. In just his fifth game at Caltech the first-year tallied a 12-point, 10-rebound effort in 30 minutes. Andrew Hogue just missed a double-double with a 17-point, nine-rebound performance. Hogue tied a school record with four other players by recording five steals.
Redlands had 14 different players score. They were led by Tristian Kirk's 14-point evening.
Caltech will travel to Cal Lutheran on Saturday night for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off with the Kingsmen.