HAYWARD — Marcus Bell erupted for 23 points and 15 rebounds, while point guard Sam Marcus finished with 22 points in a perfect shooting night from the floor as Cal State Stanislaus continued its march to the postseason Friday night with a 92-61 drubbing of Cal State East Bay.
Chris Read added 16 points and Tyler Barber came off them bench to add 10 as the Warriors shot 58.5 percent from the floor to cruise to its easiest win this season in California Collegiate Athletic Association play.
The win kept Stanislaus (15-8 overall and 11-9 in the CCAA) in a tie for fourth place with Cal State Los Angeles, with UC San Diego and San Francisco State a game behind at 10-9 with three regular season games remaining. The Warriors play at Cal State Monterey Bay tonight, then complete the regular season next week with home games against Cal Poly Pomona and Humboldt State.
Stanislaus needed only six minutes to roll to a 10-point lead, and Bell had 15 points at halftime, when the Warrior lead had grown to 45-29. Marcus finished 9-for-9 from the field, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range, and added five assists. No Stanislaus player was on the court for more than 30 minutes, which should bode well for the Warriors tonight against a struggling (2-17, 5-17) Monterey team.
Cal State East Bay 92, Cal State Stanislaus 78 - The host Pioneers used a 10-0 run late in the second half to take a 13-point lead into the final 3:18, scrambling the Warriors’ playoff hopes.
Stanislaus needed a win to remain in a two-way tie for fifth in the CCAA with UC San Diego, which would have given it the inside track to one of the six berths in the upcoming conference tournament. Instead, the Warriors fell to 10-9 in conference (13-10 overall) and find themselves in a three-way tie for sixth with San Francisco and East Bay.
San Francisco holds all tiebreakers over the Warriors due to a sweep of the season series, while Stanislaus and East Bay split the head-to-head matchups, each winning at home.
Lauren Godde had a huge game for the Warriors with 25 points and Briana Cotton added 17, but Stanislaus was outrebounded 41-23 and gave up 20 second-chance points to the Pioneers.
Brianna Terrance had 25 points and 12 rebounds to pace East Bay, while Stephanie Lopez added 21 points and Danielle Peacon 15. In all, five Pioneers reached double figures in scoring.