PASADENA (Dec. 29, 2017) – Freshman forward Spencer Schneider (Houston, Texas / Clearbrook) carried the load in the scoring and rebounding department and played a key role in the Caltech men's basketball team's strong first half against visiting Buena Vista University on Friday afternoon.
The Beavers relied on the 6-foot-6 Schneider heavily in the front court, though the rookie has shown the versatility to strike from anywhere on the court in his first season with the team. Schneider led the Beavers with 14 points and led all players with 16 rebounds, 12 of which came on the defensive end. As stated, Schneider had a big role in Caltech's fast start. The Beavers jumped out to a 13-8 lead over the visitors with just over 11 minutes to go in the first half and Schneider came away with six of his 16 rebounds within that span. Two of Caltech's starting guards, sophomore Alec Andrews (Folsom, Calif. / Folsom) and freshman Marcus Gee (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica) each dumped in 12 points and dished out three assists.
Caltech went into the second half trailing Buena Vista by just three points. Once the second-half whistle sounded however, the 9-2 visitors, paced by a deep, experienced squad took control of the game. Schneider and the Beavers continued to push the pace, however as the freshman forward had eight points and eight rebounds in the second half alone. Sophomore forward Calvin Huh (Fort Lee, N.J. / Bergen Tech) aided his teammates down low with two blocks to best his season average.
Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger and the Beavers will return to action in 2018 when they host Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (2-7, 0-2 SCIAC) in the annual Orange Out game on Wednesday, January 3rd.