PASADENA (Jan. 7, 2019) – Sophomore guard Gokul Srinivasaragavan (San Ramon, Calif. / Dougherty Valley) of the Caltech men's basketball team broke out for his best game of the season Monday evening against visiting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in the annual Orange Out game.
The second-year player scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting and knocked down a trio of three-pointers in addition to both of his free throw attempts. The Beavers went to Srinivasaragavan particularly in the second half where he scored 12 of his points and played for 15 minutes. The combo guard found more ways to contribute as well, tallying four rebounds and four assists. Classmate and fellow guard Marcus Gee (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica) seconded Srinivasaragavan in scoring with 11 points, nine of which came as a result of three-pointers.
The Beavers trailed by just nine at halftime and while the offense began to find legs in the second half, the Stags seemed to have an answer for every made basket. Defensively, the home team did well by not allowing any one player on the defending SCIAC champion team to break out on offense with no player scoring more than 14 points. The Beavers did especially well through the game's first 15 minutes, trading early leads and entering the final five minutes of the first half trailing by just two points. Though the turnovers were few and far between for both teams (just 16 combined), Caltech made up for it with four blocks from four different players. The Beavers even won the turnover battle this time around but found themselves unable to make the Stags pay with points off turnovers and the deep ball.
"We will continue to work on all we need to work on to learn and get this thing going in conference play," Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger said. "We are going through some adversity as every team does at some point. That happens in life. These guys are character guys and we will all grow together. I believe in them so much."
Eslinger and the Beavers will be back at home again on Wednesday, Jan. 9 against the University of La Verne, so far 0-3 in SCIAC play.