TURLOCK, Calif. -
The UC San Diego men's basketball team took on the Warriors of Cal State Stanislaus with the chance to avenge its loss earlier in the season, but the Warriors' perimeter shooting proved too much for the Tritons, who lost on Friday, 72-57, at Fitzpatrick Arena.
After winning four consecutive games, the Tritons have lost back-to-back and fall to 9-11 overall and an 8-9 record in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) competition. The Tritons, who maintain their seventh-place standing in the conference, will play their final away game of the regular season at Acker Gym against fifth-place Chico State (12-9, 9-8 CCAA) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Leading all scorers with his 18 points was senior forward Justin Brue, who also had three rebounds, one steal and a block. Junior guard James McCann tallied 12 points along with five rebounds, a game-high six assists and a steal.
Junior guard Taylor Bell led the Warriors with 16 points and also had two rebounds and two assists. Junior forward Nick Hodge contributed 13 points, a game-high eight rebounds and a game-leading two blocks. Both freshman guard Zeke DeBlase and junior guard Marcellus Pullum finished with 11 points. DeBlase also had a rebound while Pullum had five rebounds and a steal.
The Warriors made more shots in fewer attempts than the Tritons from the field for the game. The Tritons went 24-for-53 (45.3%) while the Warriors hit 26 of 49 (53.1%). However, CSUS did most of its damage from behind the arc, where it went 12-for-23 (52.2%). In comparison, UCSD made nine fewer treys and ended the game with a 3-for-14 (21.4%) performance from three-point range.
UCSD began the second half down by five, 29-24. The Tritons proceeded to take the lead, 42-41, with 10:29 remaining in the game on Brue's layup. But when senior forward Ray Mitchell nailed a three-pointer at the 10-minute mark, the Warriors regained the lead by a score of 44-42, and the Tritons never recovered.
A layup by freshman forward/guard Hunter Walker cut the deficit back to a point, 47-46, with 8:42 left to play, though this preceded a span in which the Warriors scored five unanswered points.
Things took a turn for the worse when the Warriors assembled a 10-0 run, which was capped by DeBlase's pair of free throws and gave CSUS a 64-51 advantage with 2:54 to go in regulation. Freshman forward Alek Carlson grew the lead as large as 17 on a free throw with only 44 seconds left and provided the Warriors a 72-55 lead.
Though the game was decided in the second half, the Tritons played well in the first half and constructed a 6-0 run, which was highlighted by Brue's back-to-back layups and finished by senior forward/center Colin Porter's layup to give UCSD possession of an 11-5 lead with 13:20 before halftime.
But following a CSUS 7-0 run and a pair of lead changes, the Warriors jumped past the Tritons with a 9-0 run on account of three treys in a row by DeBlase, Pullum and Bell. It was on Bell's three-pointer the Warriors grabbed their largest first-half lead, 21-13, with 8:25 prior to the intermission.
The Warriors remain in 10th place in the conference while improving their record to 8-13 overall and 5-12 against CCAA foes. CSUS will finish its homestand against second-place Cal State San Bernardino (15-5, 13-4 CCAA) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
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