PASADENA, CA – Chapman broke open a tight game with a decisive second half scoring run, recording a 75-56 win over Caltech.
The Panthers opened up a 34-22 lead with 3:33 left until the halftime buzzer but Caltech closed the half strong. Aided by a technical foul on the Chapman bench, the Beavers finished the half by nailing three of their five field goal attempts, including to two three-pointers. Caltech scored 10 of the final 12 points in the frame as they trimmed that 12-point deficit down to 36-32 at the break.
Caltech trimmed their deficit to three points after Nasser Al-Rayes converted a beautiful lay-up from a Luke Lango feed to make the score 45-42 less than five minutes into the period. From that point forward the Panthers slowly but surely grew their lead. Chapman made five of their next six shots as they went up 57-44 with 12:20 remaining.
Over the next five-plus minutes the two squads matched bucket-for-bucket but the Beavers couldn't get their deficit under double figures. The game's final blow came during the last 6:38. With Chapman holding a 62-50 lead, the visitors closed the game on a 13-6 scoring run. They started that spurt by converting six straight field goal attempts in helping them ice the game.
Lawrence Lee tallied his best game of 2014 by leading all Caltech scorers with a 15-point evening. The first-year went 6-for-9 from the floor in 29 minutes of action. Bryan Joel added a 12-point effort on the strength of three made shots from behind the arc. It is the second straight game the junior has made three shots from distance. Kc Emezie's 10-point game rounded out the double figure scorers for Caltech.
The Chapman duo of Colin Zavrsnick and Taylor Hamasaki guided the visitor's offense. Zavrsnick went 9-for-14 from the floor, including a 4-for-7 effort from behind the arc, en route to his game high 24-point performance. His running mate scored 22 points on a 9-for-15 shooting night.
As a team the Panthers came into the game as the best shooting team in the SCIAC and continued that by nailing 60 percent (30-for-50) of their shorts. They were even more effective from three-point land as they made six of their nine attempts (66.7 percent).