KUTZTOWN – If you think free throws aren’t important, then you haven’t talked today to the men’s basketball teams at California and Kutztown universities.
California made 19 of 20 free throws Friday night and held on for a 79-71 victory over Kutztown in a PSAC game.
While Cal (4-2, 4-6) can look at its spectacular free-throw shooting as the key to victory, Kutztown (2-4, 3-9) can blame the loss on the its performance at the charity stripe. Kutztown made only nine of 23 free throws, including only five of 15 attempts in the second half.
Cal took control of the game with a 12-1 run late that opened up a 70-61 lead with less than three minutes remaining. The Vulcans then protected the lead at the free-throw line.
Keith Lowe had another big game for Cal, scoring a game-high 23 points. Mitchell Weedon provided plenty of support, scoring 20 points, including four during the key late-game surge. Tynell Fortune had 12 points and five assists, and Jake Jacubec came off the bench to score 11 points.
Abdul King and Micah Fraction each scored 17 points for Kutztown.
California 69, Kutztown 65:
Ryah Gadson scored a career-high 18 points, and made 12 of 13 free throws, to help California to a 69-65 win over Kutztown.
The win improved Cal to 4-2 in the PSAC and 8-2 overall. Kutztown fell to 3-3, 5-5.
The game was close throughout. Cal used a 7-0 run to open a 64-58 lead with 2:46 remaining, but Kutztown scored five consecutive points to pull to within 64-63. Cal point guard Kate Seebohm then made the game’s pivotal basket, a jumper that gave the Vulcans a 66-63 lead with 1:04 left. Cal secured the win by making three of four free throws over the final 30 seconds.
Stephanie Michael backed Gadson’s offense with 16 points.
Advia Campbell and Ashley Wood each scored 16 points for Kutztown.