TURLOCK -- Free throws made a big difference for the Cal State Stanislaus men's basketball team Saturday night.
The Warriors lost to Cal Poly Pomona 77-71 with the Broncos scoring 27 points from the free-throw line. Stanislaus got just nine points from the stripe in 13 attempts.
"Overall, I thought we played well," Stanislaus forward Heath Colvin said. "I mean, are we really fouling that much? Are they really not fouling that much? I don't know.
"When it comes down to it, we were still in the game. That extra little bit, we just didn't get."
Dropping three of four home games the last two weekends was not the way the Warriors hoped to head into the middle of their California Collegiate Athletic Association schedule.
Stanislaus (3-10, 2-4 CCAA) plays just one home game in its next 10 contests, Feb. 2 against UC San Diego. The Warriors then finish the CCAA with four home games.
Colvin and Duane Jones led Stanislaus on Saturday with 17 points apiece. Colvin scored 13 in the first half, making a 3-pointer with 42 seconds remaining as the Warriors led 32-29 at halftime.
In an overtime loss to No. 6 San Bernardino on Friday, it was a press defense that gave the Warriors the most trouble. Saturday, the Broncos (5-6, 4-2 CCAA) limited the Warriors' ability to drive inside.
"Teams scout us well," Colvin said. "They know DJ (Jones) is going to penetrate. All they did was take the penetration away."
Stanislaus couldn't get an edge from beyond the 3-point arc, making just 8 of 27 attempts. Jones and Calvin Westbrook each made three.
Westbrook came up short on an attempt with 50 seconds to go and Stanislaus trailing 73-71. Angelo Tsagarakis of Pomona made two free throws with 27.9 seconds left, then Jones missed a 3-pointer over two defenders. Tsagarakis closed the scoring with a layup.
Westbrook's streak of consecutive made free throws ended in the second half when he missed the first of two shots. He had made 33 in a row. Westbrook (12 points) started a new streak with three made free throws to finish the game.
J.R. Cassita provided the Warriors with a spark in the second half, scoring eight points in less than two minutes. After making a 3-pointer with 9:13 left to put Stanislaus ahead 58-56, Cassita stole the ball and broke away for a layup to give the Warriors a four-point lead.
Larry Gordon led Pomona with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Tsagarakis followed with 19 points, including three 3-pointers.
Bee staff writer Kelly Jones can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2300.