PASADENA, Calif. (Nov. 28, 2015) – Freshman Brent Cahill (Laguna Beach, Calif. / St. Margaret's) led the Caltech men's basketball team with 15 points in a narrow defeat to Sarah Lawrence College, 73-64, on Saturday night.
Caltech suffered its lowest-percentage shooting night of the young season, hitting just 31 percent from the field and a meager 13 percent beyond the arc while also missing 14 free throws. The Gryphons evened their record at 2-2 this season while the Beavers dropped to 1-4.
Sarah Lawrence held a 2-0 lead over the first 3:30 before Caltech jumped in front three minutes later at 11-3. The Beavers extended the margin to double digits at the midway point in the first half, but the Gryphons stormed back over a two-minute span to within a basket. The hosts then stretched back out to a nine-point margin, capped by a Cahill trey at 4:37, but the Gryphons fought back to a two-point deficit at 32-30 by halftime.
Sarah Lawrence tied the game one minute into the second half and took the lead two minutes later. The Gryphons pushed ahead by as many as seven before Caltech rallied, with junior Ricky Galliani (Menlo Park, Calif. / Sacred Heart Prep) netting a quick nine points in four minutes to pull the Beavers within two at 54-52 with 7:31 remaining. Sarah Lawrence regained some breathing room and held firm as Caltech pushed furiously to make it a one-basket game, which Galliani finally achieved with a clutch three-pointer to make it 66-63 with 1:37 on the clock. The visitors responded immediately with a layup and outscored the Beavers 7-2 down the stretch to leave with the victory.
Galliani finished with 14 points and was joined in double figures by senior Kc Emezie (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge), who had 11. Junior David LeBaron (San Diego, Calif. / Francis Parker) grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds and dished out five assists while Cahill led the team with five steals and junior Nasser Al-Rayes (Doha, Qatar / American School of Doha) blocked five shots.
Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger and the Beavers host UC Santa Cruz (1-5) on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m.