PASADENA (Jan. 27, 2018) – Freshman Spencer Schneider (Houston, Texas / Clearbrook) got his first career start in the middle and responded positively against visiting Chapman University in Saturday's SCIAC men's basketball game.
Schneider led the Beavers with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and held up a presence inside with eight rebounds and three blocks. Seven of the freshman's rebounds came in the first half and his performance proved instrumental in Caltech outrebounding Chapman, 32-30. Schneider also found a way to affect the inside game on the offensive end as he made it to the free throw line nine times. With Schneider moving to the middle, freshman guard Matthew Riker (Bethlehem, N.Y. / Bethlehem Central) drew his first start and impacted the game early with both of his steals coming within the first five minutes of action. Neither team provided the other for too many opportunities for steals, however as the two teams combined for just 19 turnovers.
While the Beavers have gained a reputation for being a second-half team as of late, the young group did some of its best work in the first half when they opened the game's first 14 minutes to a 22-14 lead over the Panthers. Senior wing David Kawashima (Studio City, Calif. / North Hollywood) led his team over the 14-minute stretch with six of his 10 points on the night to go along with four rebounds. Sophomore guard Alec Andrews (Folsom, Calif. / Folsom) also got into double-figures with a 12-point, three-assist showing.
Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger and the Beavers will travel to Pomona-Pitzer Colleges for a second go-around on Wednesday, Jan. 31.