LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2008) – A 51-point second half powered Occidental to a 92-49 victory over Caltech tonight in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action at Rush Gymnasium.
Oxy shot 62.2% from the field in the second half to finish 55.4%from the field overall. Ten different Tigers scored in the game tonight.
Huston Conti led all players with 18 points, while Joe Sasich, Sean Anderson and Chris Hunt scored 16, 14 and 12, respectively for Oxy. Eight points came in the first half for Conti, Sasich and Anderson.
Things were tight in the first half as the Beavers’ Bryan Hires sank a pair of free-throws to tie the game at 31-31 with 5:27 to play in the first half. The Tigers then used a 10-2 run to take a 41-35 advantage into the locker room.
An offensive explosion in the second half saw Conti scoring 10, while Sasich and Henry Meier each pitched in eight.
Occidental out-rebounded Caltech by a 33-26 margin. Anderson grabbed seven rebounds, with six coming on the offensive end of the court. Sasich pulled down six boards (four offensive). Each of them also added four assists, with Anderson getting two steals and a block as Sasich had four steals.
Thirty-eight of the Tigers’ 92 points came in the paint, thanks in small part to 18 offensive rebounds that were converted into 24 total points.
Connor Whitman and Gemayal McBride tallied five assists apiece with no turnovers. McBride added five steals while Whitman finished with four steals and a pair of blocks.
The Beavers were solid at the stripe, going 9-for-10. Caltech’s Bryan Hires scored 14 (5-for-5 from the line) with four assists and Travis Haussler tallied 13 (3-for-5 from three point range) with six rebounds. Haussler and Ryan Elmquist recorded two blocks apiece. As a team they shot 50% (11-for-22) from the field in the first half.
The Tigers improve to 11-2 overall, 1-1 in SCIAC as the Beavers fall to 1-12, 0-2.
Oxy will host the University of Redlands on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Rush Gymnasium following the women’s basketball game against UR at 5:00 p.m.