PASADENA, CA – An early scoring outburst proved to be a difference maker in Cal Lutheran's 77-53 win over Caltech on Saturday evening.
After trading field goals to start the game, Cal Lutheran went on a decisive scoring run. Holding an 8-6 lead with 16:44 left in the stanza, the Kingsmen went on a critical 18-1 run as they increased their lead to 26-7. During that 9:35 stretch the Kingsmen went 8-for-14 from the field while Caltech couldn't connect on its 15 attempts.
Both teams played evenly during the frame's final minutes as Cal Lutheran took a 36-17 lead into the locker room.
Coming out of the intermission Caltech trimmed their deficit down to 14 points after Nasser Al-Rayes made three straight foul shots to make the score 42-28 with 15:22 left in the contest. The Kingsmen responded by scoring nine of the next 13 points to push their cushion to 21 points.
The Beavers got as close as a 16-point spread with 9:34 left in the game but couldn't pull any closer.
Cal Lutheran nailed 52.9 percent (27-of-51) of their shots as 10 different players hit at least one shot for the visitors.
Luke Lango scored a team high 16 points while playing a game best 34 minutes. Al-Rayes contributed a career high 11 points.
Arik Smith led the Cal Lutheran scoring effort with a 16-point evening. He missed on only one of his seven attempts from floor. Coltrane Powell added 11 points.
Caltech returns to the court on Wednesday evening when they host Whittier at 7:30 p.m.