TURLOCK — The Cal State Stanislaus men’s basketball team will file Saturday night’s victory over Cal State East Bay under “Very Close Calls.”
The Warriors, shaken by a scare late in regulation, eventually ground out an 89-81 California Collegiate Athletic Association win in double overtime at Fitzpatrick Arena. Stanislaus, triggered by Chis Read’s layup after a pass by Shey Mataele with 2:44 left, scored the game’s final eight points.
Stanislaus (11-3, 7-3 CCAA) is 8-0 at home this season.
Its streak nearly ended, however, against the Pioneers (6-10, 3-7 CCAA). Nick Grieves’ 3-pointer, his second triple in the final 50 seconds, gave the visitors a 73-71 lead with 13 seconds left in regulation. A layup by Stanislaus’ Sam Marcus, off a feed by Read, tied it with two seconds to go.
Neither team scored in the final 1:48 of the first overtime, but Stanislaus eventually won it with an 10-2 run in the second OT.
Marcus Bell, Stanislaus’ 6-foot-9 senior post who was named the CCAA player of the week on Tuesday, starred with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
Read finished with 19 points, and Rob Walters totaled 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Marcus and Clinton Tremelling each scored 11 points. Tremelling’s big moment came when he made back-to-back three-pointers to give Stanislaus a 9-point lead, 66-57, at exactly five minutes left to play.
The Warriors will take the four-game home winning streak on the road next weekend with contests at Humboldt State and Cal Poly Pomona.
• COLUMBIA 63, MERCED 50 – Rafe King, Columbia’s 6-4 freshman marksman from Carson City, Nev., netted eight triples en route to 24 points as the Claim Jumpers (9-10, 2-2) knotted their Central Valley Conference record at the Merced gym.
King hit a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left to send Columbia to its first CVC win over Sequoias two weeks ago.
Columbia trailed the Blue Devils (2-14, 1-3) 8-5 before its defense took charge. Columbia led 31-21 at halftime and built its lead to 14 points before Merced climbed to within 10 in the final minutes.
Rosendo Amaya-Wood assisted Columbia with 12 points and Tige Wingo had 10. Aaron Deatherage paced Merced with 13 points, followed by Paul Wilson with 12.
• CAL ST. STANISLAUS 68, CAL ST. EAST BAY 63 – The Warriors cooled off a hot East Bay team, a winner of six of its last seven, thanks to 13 points and 13 rebounds by Lauren Godde and 10 points and 10 rebounds by Riley Holladay.
Stanislaus (10-4, 7-3) moved into a three-way tie for second place in the CCAA by prevailing in a see-saw game. The Pioneers (10-7, 7-3) led 54-47 midway through the second half when Stanislaus went on a 6-0 run featuring five points by Holladay. After an East Bay basket, Stanislaus countered with a triple by Briana Cotton (12 points) and a layup by Holladay to give the Warriors a two-point lead.
Godde’s 3-pointer with 1:45 left sparked a late 9-1 run to clinch the victory. She filled out her impressive night with five assists and two blocked shots.
Ana Burch also starred for Stanislaus with 10 points, four assists, two blocks and two steals. Stephanie Lopez led East Bay with 15 points and seven assists.