PASADENA (Feb. 20, 2018) – Senior wing David Kawashima (Studio City, Calif. / North Hollywood) played his final game for Caltech men's basketball on Tuesday night and received recognition in a brief pregame ceremony, highlighting his contributions on and off the court. Kawashima and the Beavers went on to face first-place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in the final game of the 2017-18 regular season.
Caltech's lone senior contributed in multiple ways, scoring five points to go with nine rebounds, three of which came on the offensive of side of the ball. His final field goal came with eight seconds to go on a drive to the basket that drew an and-1 opportunity. He exited the game to a standing ovation from 120-plus Caltech fans in the Braun Athletic Center.
Prolific freshman Marcus Gee (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica) capped his rookie season with 20 points in 35 minutes, draining six three-pointers on a night where he made more treys than he missed. His final deep bucket came at the buzzer in the second half on a pass from sophomore guard Michael Li (Bryn Mawr, Pa. / Radnor), the Beavers' final basket of the season. The shooting performance allowed Gee to finish the year with 64 three-point field goals, breaking Mike Edwards '13's single-season record by two baskets. Gee's deep shooting sum contributed greatly to a whole, where the Beavers crushed the previous mark of 158 three-pointers made in a season with 214 three's, while also breaking the team attempts record.
Sophomore guard Alec Andrews (Folsom, Calif. / Folsom) had another promising game with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go with five assists and two steals. Andrews ended the season 20 assists off the single-season mark but is currently on pace to set the Caltech career assists mark if he continues at his current pace.
With the exception of Kawashima, Eslinger and the Beavers will return their entire roster in 2018-19 with its younger players having gained a valuable year of experience.