The California State University Maritime Academy's men's basketball team earned a hard fought road victory over host Menlo College 69-65 on Saturday night. In the early stages of the game, it looked like it was going to be a long night for the Keelhaulers as the Oaks dominated the opening minutes of the game. In fact, exactly halfway through the first half Menlo held what would be its biggest lead of the game with a 13 point advantage. Fortunately for the Keelhaulers, the next ten minutes saw Cal Maritime play some excellent defense. This necessary commitment combined with some timely three point shooting, including a Phil Randles' three point shot in the closing minutes of the half, completely erased the deficit as the teams headed into the halftime break knotted up at 34.
Cal Maritime continued its momentum coming out for the second half and built a 15 point lead with less than nine minutes to go. However, Menlo would not go away and cut the Keelhaulers' lead to 3 points. In fact, Menlo had a chance to tie the game in the closing moments. Needing a defensive stop, Cal Maritime's defense was up to the challenge as Daniel Radford's active hands forced a turnover to seal the victory. With the win, Cal Maritime won its third straight and moved its record to 4-2 on the year.
Radford led the Keelhaulers with 19 points. He was joined in double figures by Justin Eisen (12 points), Phil Randles (12 points), and Brayden Morse (10 points). Cal Maritime shot an impressive 54% from the field for the game and continued its hot shooting from three point range as the team made 11 shots from distance. After seeing Menlo shoot 56% from the field in the first half, the Oaks were held to 36% in the second half.
Cal Maritime is back in action on Tuesday as the Keelhaulers host Oregon Tech at 7:30pm. Tuesday's game also marks Back to School Night. All local elementary, junior high school, and high school students will be admitted to the game with their student body card.