The Cal Maritime men’s basketball team defeated Bushnell of Oregon, 96-89, on Sunday in a non-conference game at the PEAC Main Gymnasium.
Led by Eric Norton with 22 points, four Cal Maritime players scored in double digits to lead the team to a season-high point total.
Norton was named the California Pacific Conference Player of the Week on Monday. Last week, his teammate Amil Fields got the green light.
Fields recorded a 19-point double-double and a 10-board high – exactly a third of his team’s total – with Miles Pennington and Trey Porter adding 14 and 12 points each.
In addition to having five rebounds and three assists, a record for the team, Norton was effective on the field by connecting on 8 of 13 shots against the Beacons.
Four of Field’s seven buckets were from 3-point terrain; Pennington sank 6 of 9 shots and Porter hit 5 of 7 from the field.
Bushnell held an 11-point lead in the first half, but the Keelhaulers (4-5) showed poise and fought to tie the score at 45 in the opening minutes of the second half.
The next tied score came with six minutes and 28 seconds left, until a pair of free throws from Norton gave his team the advantage for good.
As a team, the Keelhaulers nearly scored half their attempts posting an overall percentage of 0.493, they also hit three shots all afternoon connecting on 10 of the 24 shots.
What started with a Fields three with 26 seconds left in the first half continued into the second half as the Keelhaulers held Bushnell scoreless for more than five minutes as he didn’t score everything throughout the last minute before the break, and remained freezing for the first four minutes of action in the second half.
By comparison, Cal Maritime scored 14 unanswered after the break to fill their deficit and regain the lead.
Down 53-48, the Beacons fought back and led for 19 seconds halfway through the half, but it was their last highlight of the day as Cal Maritime ultimately led 71-67 when Porter scored five in a row. on three and two free throws.
As the action progressed, three more tied scores occurred; the Keelhaulers’ defense grew stronger each time, creating opportunities at the other end of the pitch.
Tied at 71, Porter’s rider beat that score; At 73 each, Nwoko’s lay-up once again pushed Cal Maritime into the lead. With the score 75-75, Norton’s free throws gave his team the advantage for good.
Cal Maritime stepped up and made some key plays as he finished the game scoring 15 of his last 24 points to pull away and claim the victory.