WHITTIER, CA – In their final road contest of the season the Caltech men's basketball team dropped an 89-60 decision to Whittier on Saturday evening.
The home team got off to a hot start and rode the early momentum to the win. Whittier scored 14 of the game's first 16 points as they held a 14-2 lead with 16:17 left in the half. A Tyree Landrum free throw with 6:19 left in stanza gave the Poets their largest lead at 42-16. Caltech slowly chipped away at that deficit.
Caltech finished the half on a 15-5 scoring spurt to get within 47-31 at the halftime horn. Whittier hit 17 of their 30 shots from inside the arc (56.6 percent) in helping them build that halftime lead.
Hoping to continue the momentum they built at the end of the first half, Caltech was looking to get back into the game. However, Whittier started the second half by scoring the first 10 points after the intermission. The Poets continued to shoot the ball effectively as Caltech couldn't get back into the game.
Whittier went 32-for-62 from the floor (51.6 percent) in grabbing the win. Caltech shot 22-of-60 from the field (36.7 percent).
Michael Edwards went for 20-plus for the seventh time this season with a 21-point evening. Bryan Joel continued his solid scoring stretch by scoring 15 points. It was the third straight game he scored in double figures.
Whittier's Chris Barnes-William scored a game high 25 points as he missed just five of his 13 field goal attempts while going 7-for-8 from the charity stripe.
The final game of the season for Caltech is Tuesday evening when they host La Verne at 7:30 p.m. The Beavers will give a nod to their six graduating seniors.