Poets cruise to 94-60 victory over Caltech; Move a game closer to the No. 2 seed
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PASADENA, Calif. – The Whittier College men's basketball team moved another step closer to becoming the No. 2 seed in the SCIAC Post Season Tournament by cruising to a 94-60 win over Caltech Wednesday evening.
Whittier moves to 17-6, 9-3 SCIAC, while Caltech drops to 5-18, 0-12 SCIAC.
The Poets continue their winning streak extending it to three finishing tonight's contest having all five starters score in double figures.
Preer finished with 15 points on 7-of-16 shooting and grabbed six boards and five steals.
Brandon Thomas had 14 points going 4-of-7 from behind the three point line and point guard Kelly Johnson added 11 points, 5 rebounds, four assists, and three steals for Whittier, who is seeking their second SCIAC Tournament appearance over the past three years.
The Poets shot 47 percent from the field, used a 21-5 run early and shot 90% from the charity stripe to win their third straight contest after suffering a one point loss to the Stags of Claremont-M-S back on February 4.
Pan Wang came off Caltech's bench to score a game high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while Michael Edwards tossed in a double double with 19 points and 10 boards. But it wasn't enough as the Beavers turned it over 31 times with Whittier capitalizing off of them scoring 35 points.
Caltech used a 15-8 run to close out the first half to pull within thirteen after trailing early by 22. They went into the break trailing 43-30.
Whittier used a 21-8 run early in the second half to take the lead for good. The Poets then pulled away by finishing the game in impressive fashion with a 28-15 run that put the game out of reach.
Every player on the Poet roster scored at least six points and played quality minutes as Coach Carter looks for everyone to play a pivotal role in the upcoming matchup with Pomona-Pitzer.
Whittier now extends their away record to 7-3 and look to extend that record to 8-3 as they travel to Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday evening, February 18 to take on the Sagehens beginning at 7pm with the No. 2 seed up for grabs.