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Josh Angle reached the 1000 point milestone (photo by Eva Fernandez)
Josh Angle reached the 1000 point milestone (photo by Eva Fernandez)

Josh Angle Reaches 1000 Points as CMS Men's Basketball Defeats Chapman 87-54

ORANGE, Calif. - Senior guard Josh Angle scored his 1000th point in the first half on his way to a 20-point night, as the No. 18 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's basketball team had a dominant road performance, earning an 87-54 win over Chapman on Wednesday evening.

CMS was missing three of its top six rotation players due to injury, including point guard Brian Kenyon, the nation's leader in assist-to-turnover ratio, but played as if he was out there, tallying an incredible 25 assists and only three turnovers as a team. The Stags improved to 19-3 overall and 11-2 in the SCIAC. Chapman slips to 10-11 overall and 4-9 in the league with the loss. 

James Frye helped pick up the passing void in Kenyon's absence with 13 points, nine assists and no turnovers, while Rhett Carter had 18 points and eight rebounds, Kiran Kruse had 13 points, and Lucas Grandison (10 points) and Lucas McEachern (seven points) each had solid performances off the bench.

Angle reached the 1000-point milestone after having only 91 after his sophomore year, coming off the bench as a freshman and then missing his sophomore year to the COVID-19 pandemic. He had 450 points as a junior, and is now up to 475 in his senior season after finishing with 20 this evening. 

CMS led by just eight at the half (36-28) as Angle sat the final five minutes with two fouls, and Chapman opened the second half with a bucket to close it to six. Angle hit a three-pointer with 15:56 to go to make the score 47-35, and the lead stayed in double figures the rest of the way as the Stags slowly blew it open. Angle and Grandison had consecutive buckets to push the score to 57-40, and a Kruse layup off a Grandison feed and a foul pushed it over 20 with 9:28 left (66-45).

Grandison knocked down a three on the next possession to swell the lead to 24, and an Angle three with 5:36 to go made it a 30-point game, before the Stags settled on the 33-point final margin. 

CMS shot 53 percent from the floor as a team, and was a perfect 10-10 at the foul line. Chapman shot just 33.9 percent as a team at the other end (19-56). 

The Stags will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Occidental for a 4 p.m. contest.