Thursday, December 13, 2012

Alumni Event 2013


Our 5th Annual Men's Basketball Alumni Event will be the weekend of January 18. You're invited back to watch the team practice on Friday (4:30-6:30 pm) and participate in the full slate of activities on Saturday the 19th.

On the 19th, the alumni vs. alumni game will be at 1:30 pm in Braun, followed by a post game meal at a location TBD. The team takes on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 7 pm.

Please RSVP to caltechbasketball gmail com with your name and names of guests attending.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Money Time

Michael Edwards, Calech's career scoring leader
By scoring 12 points on Wednesday night at Cal Lutheran, Michael Edwards etched his name in the record books and became Caltech's all-time point producer, moving ahead of George Papa '94. Edwards stands atop the history books with 1299 points and still has 19 games left in his career.

He tied Papa's record on a 3-pointer with 11:46 remaining in the second half and set the record at the 1:19 mark as he converted a hard drive to the right.

Papa's record, which he accomplished in just three seasons of play, stood for nearly 18 years. He still owns the marks for most points scored in a game with 43, most field goals (177) in a season and a career (506), and points in a season (476). He shot 51 percent from the field his senior year. Papa, who averaged 10 rebounds a game for his career, is also in Caltech's 500 Rebound Club.

Edwards, nicknamed Money for his ability to score points in bunches, is also demonstrating how his game has evolved by producing career-highs in rebounds and assists. He has four 30-point games and owns the record for most points scored in an NCAA game (35), most 3-pointers made in an NCAA game (7), most field goals made in a game (13), and most 3-pointers made in a season (62).

Edwards, from nearby Canyon Country, was named to the SCIAC all-conference team last season and is a computer science major.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Season Information

The Beavers are ready to soar in 2012-13. (photo credit

Check out all pertinent info for the upcoming season. Exciting schedule. Updated roster. Fresh new staff. And season previews on and in the prospectus.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Madness Begins Another First Week

Hundreds of fans filled Braun Gym last Sunday night for Caltech's third annual Midnight Madness. Exciting games and contests for students and supporters took place until 12:00 am when the Beavers basketball teams took the floor for the first time this season. The Caltech pep band played, fans roared, and players unveiled their new looks.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Support the Program: Golf Tournament October 5

Register now for the Caltech Hoops Golf Tournament! Support the season and the Beavers future international trip with an exciting day of golf and community fun, all at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Golf Tourney 2012

Info for 2012 Men's Basketball Golf Tournament -- Friday, October 5
If you'd like to participate, email: hoopitup AT caltech DOT edu

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tech Trails: Rising Sophs

Joel led the team in assists and steals
Tech Trails tracks summer plans of Caltech basketball players -- from SURFs (summer undergraduate research fellowships) to related work in the fields of math, science, and engineering.

Rising sophomores Bryan Joel and Andrew Hogue had tremendous freshman campaigns. They proved themselves as playmakers and scorers and finished in the program's top 10 in 3-point percentage for a season. And this summer, they are showing their might in the workforce.

Hogue scored in double figures 14 times
Joel is interning in Bethesda, Maryland for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division. He is working on a couple different projects that will help make certain devices on Navy ships more effective and help sailors safely manage their environment.

Hogue is living on campus while he interns at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the Protocol Technology Lab working in the field of Deep Space Networking. He is helping optimize combinations of protocol used to send transmissions between spacecraft, satellites, and mission control.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Save the Date: October 5

Friday, October 5: Golf Tournament at Brookside Golf Club to support the men's basketball program!

More info to come!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Five Named to NABC Honors Court

Once again, Caltech basketball players have been named to the NABC Honors Court. This year, five Beavers, all juniors, earned the honor. Ethan Boroson, Arjun Chandar, Christophe Kunesh, Alex Runkel, and Pan Wang each have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. Besides the GPA cutoff, to qualify for Honors Court, student-athletes must be a junior or senior.

The five honorees, tied for the most of any NCAA school's one class, are the most since Eslinger's first season, when seven players qualified (five seniors and two juniors). There were no seniors on this year's team.

Caltech release:

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tech Trails: Captains

Edwards (far left), Murphy (front), & Boroson (with ball)
Tech Trails tracks summer plans of Caltech basketball players -- from SURFs (summer undergraduate research fellowships) to related work in the fields of math, science, and engineering.

Caltech's captains are rising seniors who have been consistent starters and contributors for three years. Besides their great work on the court, Collin Murphy, Michael Edwards, and Ethan Boroson are all living on or near campus this summer as they continue to build their resumes.

Murphy and Edwards are interning at HoverState 2.0 in Encino. The computer science majors are getting hands-on experience in programming -- everything from developing and coding to design and quality testing.

In previous summers, they each have worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Boroson is involved with a SURF under Guillaume Blanquart. The mechanical engineer major is busy modeling turbulent variable density flows using computer simulations.

He interned at GLHN Architects and Engineers (Ariz.) the past two summers.

Murphy and Boroson are two of the Beavers top playmakers, often ranking high in the league in assists, steals, and rebounds. Edwards has amassed 1200 points in his career and has finished in the top 10 in SCIAC scoring each of his three seasons.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Tech Trails

Tech Trails tracks summer plans of Caltech basketball players -- from SURFs (summer undergraduate research fellowships) to related work in the fields of math, science, and engineering.

Mike Paluchniak excels on and off the court. Besides being a key cog in the basketball program, he is involved in various opportunities in business, economics, and management.

This summer, he is taking his talents to New York City where he will be working as an analyst intern for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

His focus: risk management and tech development.

Last summer, he interned at Caltech's Investment office. And the summer prior to his freshman year, he managed political science data with Professor R.M. Alvarez.

Follow Caltech Basketball

Now you can follow the program on Twitter and Facebook. Keep up with Beavers on and off the court!

Twitter: @CaltechHoops

Facebook: caltechbasketball

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Team Banquet Highlights

Coach Eslinger addresses the team at the annual banquet.
The Beavers wrapped up the 2011-12 season at their annual end-of-year basketball banquet. The team enjoyed a delicious steak dinner and all members were honored and presented with various awards. The captains also thanked each coach and granted him a gift.

See more photos here.

Team awards:
Howard Vesper Trophy -- Michael Edwards
Carl Shy Freshmen of the Year -- Andrew Hogue & Bryan Joel
Leader of the Year -- Collin Murphy
Mr. Hustle -- Collin Murphy
Mr. Glue -- Ethan Boroson
Lockdown Award -- Pan Wang
Most Improved -- Alex Runkel & Pan Wang
Citizen of the Year -- Arjun Chandar
Best Dressed - Alex Runkel

Letter winners:
One year -- Andrew Hogue & Bryan Joel
Two year -- Brian Okoro & Mike Paluchniak
Three year -- Ethan Boroson, Arjun Chandar, Michael Edwards, Christophe Kunesh, Collin Murphy, Alex Runkel, & Pan Wang

Monday, March 5, 2012

Season Review: The Beavers are Evolving

Pan Wang scored in double figures in each of the last five games.
As the Caltech basketball program evolves, milestones continue to materialize. The Beavers won program changing games this year during the non-conference slate. Significant wins on the road at West Coast Baptist and Macalester preceded an exciting home win against Babson College, an always strong program from New England. With additional wins over University of Dallas and Pacifica College, all five victories mark the first time Caltech triumphed against said schools. The Beavers played competitive games against several SCIAC opponents, and along the way more records were set.
  • On the season, Caltech made 158 3-pointers, breaking the record set during Coach Eslinger's first season (up from 133)
  • The Beavers also eclipsed their mark set last year for 3-point attempts (455), this year upping the total to 535
  • The 95 points scored in the win at West Coast Baptist are the most points scored in a road game win in team lore 
  • Through the initial part of the season, Caltech held high national rankings in several categories (stat, rank):
    • 3-point field goals per game (9.0 per game, 21st)
    • 3-point FG% (40.9%, 23rd)
    • 3-point FG% defense (27.2%, 28th)
    • assists per game (18.0 apg, 19th)
  • Caltech finished the season ranked No. 100 in 3-point FG% defense (32%), 168th in 3-point makes per game (6.3), and 211th in steals (7.2), showing significant improvement from a year ago (up from 34.6%, 258th ... 5.3, 288th ... 5.4, 363th)
  • The Beavers' 3-point defense and steals per game were good for second and third in the SCIAC, respectively.
  • Junior Michael Edwards, who was named to the all-conference second team, scored his 1,000 point during the Babson game and finished the season with 1,200 career points. With the mark, he moved past the legendary Fred Anson '54 and into fourth all-time on the career scoring list. He needs just 98 more to pass George Papa '94 and become the program's scoring leader.
  • Edwards scored a season-high 28 points in a home win versus Pacifica College.
  • Junior Ethan Boroson tied a program record with 5 steals in the game against Babson, tying the figure set by Matt Dellatorre '09.
  • Junior Alex Runkel recorded three double-doubles, including an emphatic one in a close game against Occidental where he scored 16 points and hauled in 16 rebounds.
  • Juniors Collin Murphy (15 points at Redlands) and Pan Wang (20 points vs Whittier) set career-highs for points in a game.
  • Sophomore Mike Paluchniak scored a season-high 10 points on two occasions (vs UC Santa Cruz and at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps).
  • Freshmen Andrew Hogue and Bryan Joel etched their names into the program's top 10 for 3-point field goal percentage in a season (.333 and .367, respectively). They each scored 16 points versus La Verne, a season-high for Hogue, while Joel poured in a season-high 22 at West Coast Baptist.
  • Edwards, Hogue, Joel, and Wang each hit at least four 3-pointers in one game on separate occasions.
  • Seven different players led Caltech in scoring or rebounding in separate contests during the season.

Friday, March 2, 2012

2012 Alumni Event Recap

The annual alumni event took place on February 4, and what a day it was. Another great turnout paved the way for a fun-filled alumni game as Team Turk was able to hold onto it's lead in the final seconds over Team Papa. Besides terrific competition, Caltech junior Collin Murphy provided some unforgettable color commentary during the game. (He even aided the officials with timely calls).

Team Turk was led by Wei Li with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 blocked shot. Scott Davies added 12 points while Ziying Wang and Jon Bird scored 9 each. Their opponents made a valiant comeback, paced by an 18-point, 5-rebound effort from Travis Haussler. Ryan Elmquist aided Team Papa with 15 points while Papa himself scored 13 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, and recorded 1 steal. Dave Zito ran the show with several key passes and screens. In the end, Turk, who had 7 points and 6 boards, steadied his team and managed to endure the offensive onslaught by Papa's peeps.

Prior to the varsity game that night, the top rebounders in Caltech history were honored for accumulating 500+ boards during their careers.

See more pics on Facebook.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

End of Season, More Updates

Just because the season ended early this week doesn't mean there isn't worthy news. The season review, including records broken, are forthcoming. Several team milestones were achieved as well as plenty of individual highlights. A summary of another successful alumni event is also on its way. Until then, read up on Collin Murphy's last post on HoopSpeakU, Coach Eslinger's contribution to ESPN's TrueHoop, and check out images from the 2012 season.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

2012 Alumni Event

The Fourth Annual Men's Basketball Alumni Event is next weekend (February 4). For more information and the registration link, go here. This year, the alumni game will begin at 2 pm, followed by a meal at the alumni house and the varsity game at 7 pm. Prior to the varsity game, Caltech will honor the top rebounders in program history.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

First Term Highlights

Caltech completed its non-conference season with a record of 5-6, marking the best start since 1994-95. On December 31, the Beavers hosted Babson College, the Beavers from the east coast and the New England Men's and Women's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). Coach Eslinger coached in the NEWMAC prior to his move to the SCIAC and also played against Babson in the 90's as a player at Clark University.

Edwards scored his 1,000th point on Dec. 31
Boosted by Michael Edwards' 25-point night, the host Beavers earned a 57-52 victory over Babson after trailing by as many as 13 points. With his game-high scoring output, Edwards became the 12th player in Caltech history to record at least 1,000 points. Ethan Boroson tied a school record with five steals to go along with his five points and four rebounds. The win marks the first time Caltech has beaten Babson.

In November, The Beavers' first win of the season was a nail-biter, as Boroson came through with a clutch basket with 10 seconds remaining to give Caltech a 63-62 edge. Edwards scored a season-high 28 in that contest and Alex Runkel posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

A few days later, the Beavers started a three game win streak against the University of Dallas (69-53) on the second day of the Thanksgiving Classic. Caltech followed with a tremendous road win at West Coast Baptist, a game that saw the Beavers post 95 points, the most points accumulated in a win since Caltech beat American Indian Bible in 1989-90. Caltech then went to Minnesota and beat Macalester 71-65 before coming back home for the Babson game after the winter break.

Through 11 games, the Beavers are ranked 45th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.1 percent), 131st in assists per game (14.3), and 144th in 3-pointers made per game (6.6). 405 division III schools are ranked.

The basketball team was also highlighted in the Institute's Happy New Year video: