CLU Kingsmen Say Aloha to Surf’s up Classic
HONOLULU, Haw. - After taking the lead to start the game Cal Lutheran would trail over the final 37 minutes of regulation to Pacific University in falling by a 68-53 margin to close out its 2010 Surf's Up Classic schedule. Greg Grimm scored 18 points and brought CLU within one point late in the second half, but the Kingsmen never pulled even with the Boxers.
Box Score: PAC 68, CLU 53 - F
Box Score: WHTW 86, LC 67 - F
Pacific 68, Cal Lutheran 53 - F
CLU shot only 28 percent from the floor on Saturday, but trailed by only seven points at halftime. Cal Lutheran knocked down only eight first half field goals, but Pacific's 1-for-6 shooting effort at the charity stripe in the first 20 minutes kept the game within reach.
After Pacific stormed out to its largest lead of the game at 43-28, an inspired Cal Lutheran squad mounted a comeback attempt over the ensuing eight minutes that created a 48-47 margin. Grimm provided the final six points of a 19-5 CLU run including an emphatic and-one opportunity that could possibly tie the game.
However a missed free throw try with 7:47 remaining in regulation would be as close as the Kingsmen would get as the Boxers refused to relinquish the lead. Pacific closed out the game scoring 21 of the final 27 points overall to pick up the team's first win of the year.
The Boxers converted only 13-of-27 free throws in the game but knocked down 48 percent of its field goal attempts to provide a majority of its scoring. LeMar Anglin finished with a game-high 20 points and team-high 11 rebounds to lead Pacific.
CLU's Aaron Fisher recorded his second double-double in three games this season following Saturday's 12 points and 13 rebounds performance on Saturday.
The Kingsmen took only 19 three-pointers in its first two games this season before firing 28 on Saturday. Cal Lutheran went only 7-for-28 from three and for the second straight game went 10-for-19 from the foul line (.526).
Tim Cleary picked up his first win as a collegiate head coach following Saturday's victory. The Boxers are 1-3 thus far in his rookie campaign. The new coach needs only 399 more to match that of counterpart Rich Rider who earned win No. 400 the day prior.
Whitworth 86, Luther 67 - F
The Pirates received 16 first half points off the bench from Jack Loofburrow in aiding Whitworth to a 12-point halftime cushion. David Riley finished with a game-high 26 including five of the team's 14 three pointers to pull away in the second half.
Luther's Dane Larson led the Norse with 19 points while teammate Tyler Wedemeier added 13 of his own. The Norse knocked down only 3-of-16 triples while the Pirates enjoyed a 14-for-33 team performance from downtown.
Cal Lutheran (2-1) will go on the road to face NCAA Division I Cal State Northridge on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.