Cal State Stanislaus’ basketball journey of 1,400 miles began with a double loss.
The Warrior men, needing a win to solidify their playoff position in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, because turnover-prone Thursday night at Humboldt State and fell 71-58 to the Lumberjacks. The loss suffered by the Stanislaus women wasn’t nearly as close.
“We had way too many turnovers and a lot of them weren‘t even forced,” said Stanislaus coach Larry Reynolds, whose team fell to 14-8 overall, 11-6 in the CCAA). “I don’t know if it was from the trip, but we were really sloppy tonight.”
The Lumberjacks (16-7. 10-7 CCAA), who lost 70-66 in Turlock on Jan. 10, took control during a 16-4 run that gave them a 37-23 lead with 2:23 left in the first half. Stanislaus dug its own grave by allowing 11 points on turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
The Warriors made a run in the second half, pulling within 56-51 when Chris Read hit a free throw with 7 minutes left, but they wouldn’t dent the scoreboard again until Shey Mataele hit a layup with 4:06 left. Turnovers continued to plague Stanislaus in the second half, with the Lumberjacks finishing with 20 points on 17 Warrior bobbles.
Mataele led Stanislaus with 15 points on 6-for-6 shooting from the field, while Wes Bartole recorded his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Humboldt placed four players in double figures, paced by freshman guard Malik Morgan with 18 points.
“We need to be more in control of the shots we’re taking and in the pace of the game,” Reynolds said. “We really have to keep teams in the 50s to win.”
Stanislaus jumped on the road immediately following the game and headed for an overnight stay in San Rafael, from where they will venture to Southern California this afternoon for Saturday night’s game at Cal State San Bernardino. The Coyotes (10-10, 10-7) lost a heartbreaker at home on Thursday, falling 73-72 in overtime to first-place Chico State (17-5, 14-3).
Humboldt State 85, Stanislaus 62 – The Lumberjack women, ranked No. 25 in the nation, made quick work of the Warriors, jumping out to a 24-5 lead in the opening 9:36 before cruising to the win.
Riley Holladay scored led Stanislaus (6-14 overall, 4-12 CCAA) with 18 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots, and Camille Roberts added 10 points, but the Warriors were overmatched by one of the league’s top guard tandems.
Senior Jae Shin, a transfer from Louisiana-Monroe, went 7-for-10 from three-point range to score 25 points in only 25 minutes of action, while backcourt mate Danielle Gaumer added 10 points. Humboldt (18-3, 14-2) connected on 50 percent of its shots and built leads as large as 34 points in the wire-to-wire victory.