Beavers bite back: men’s basketball loses to Caltech

Sara Weir

The Whittier College Men’s Basketball team lost 85-62 to the Beavers of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The loss put the Poet’s record at 3-8 in SCIAC with an 8-11 record overall.

Coming on strong, the Beavers led the Poets 44-38 in the first half. Caltech senior guard Ricky Galliani put up a total of 25 points while senior forward-center Nasser Al-Rayes scored 15 for the Beavers. Furthering their lead, the Beavers put up 41 points during the second half, outscoring the Poets by 17 points.

Junior guard Eric Davis was the top scorer for the Poets, scoring a total of 18 points. Sophomore forward Conner Longmire put up 12 for the Poets while first-year power-forward Nick Potthoff earned 7. Potthoff and senior point guard Chris Kapano led in rebounds, earning the Poets 7 points each while Davis earned 6 and Longmire earned 5. The Poets earned a total of 38 rebounds during the game while the Beavers earned 49.

The Poets have been on and off their game throughout the season. “I think we’ve been up and down, kinda like our performances,” said Head Coach Rock Carter. “We’ve had a couple good games two weeks ago, and then we’ve had a step back.” The team brought home two wins from University of Redlands and Chapman University, but Tuesday’s game was the fourth in a following losing streak. In response to this recent setback, Coach Carter said, “I don’t think we’re playing very well right now. I think that we’re capable of playing much better.”

The Poets played another key conference game on Feb. 2, losing 98-69 to the California Lutheran University Kingsmen. The Poets made the first two baskets of the game, earning a slight lead, but towards the end of the first half, the Kingsmen were able to pull ahead substantially. Coming into the second half, the Kingsmen were in the lead at 52-34. Despite the Poets best efforts to catch up, they trailed behind the Kingsmen by 30 points for the rest of the game. 

In spite of this, the Poets are keeping a positive mentality as they look forward to the remainder of the season. “We expect and will continue to expect every time we step out on the court that we can be successful,” said Carter. “We’re gonna go into every game with the expectation that we can win the game; we just have to do it the right way.” 

The Poets will hit the road for their next two games, facing off against the Stags at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Thursday, Feb. 9 and then the Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

This is the first time since 1953 that the Men’s Basketball team was swept by the Beavers of the California Institute ofTechnology.

This is the first time since 1953 that the Men’s Basketball team was swept by the Beavers of the California Institute ofTechnology.