CHICO, Calif. - Roderick
Hawkins scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Jay Flores
put in 15 points as Chico State defeated UC San Diego, 68-55, in California
Collegiate Athletic Association play on Friday night at Acker Gymnasium.
closed the game on a decisive 18-7 run to post their fourth consecutive victory
over the Tritons and snap UCSD's two-game winning streak in the process.
Christian Hatch finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds to record his second straight
double-double for the Tritons, but his effort went for not as the Wildcats shot
45% in the second half and outscored UCSD 36-24 in the period.
improves to 8-3 overall on the season and ups its conference record to 4-3.
UCSD, which had won three of four coming in, falls to 8-5 overall and 3-4 in
three players in double figures for the Wildcats, scoring 11 of his 18 points
after halftime. He was 7-of-12 from the field and 4-of-6 at the free throw
line. Flores was just 3-of-6 from the floor, but hit eight of his nine free
throws and also finished with three boards and two assists. Sean Park finished
with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting and racked up nine rebounds.
Hatch was 6-of-14
from the field, reaching double figures for the fifth consecutive game. He
finished with a career-best 24 points and hauled down 12 boards in Monday's win
at Cal State East Bay.
finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists, while Justin Brue had
six points, six boards, two assists, three blocks and two steals.
shot 43% for the game, while limiting UCSD to 39% from the floor. After
shooting 45% in the win over Sonoma State on December 30, the Tritons have now
finished below 40% in each of their last two games.
"We didn't shoot the
ball particularly well tonight and we just didn't make enough plays late in the
second half to pull out the win," head coach Chris Carlson said. "I thought we
did a good job of battling back when we fell behind in the first half, but we
had a few turnovers and missed a few shots late in the game and it cost us."
UCSD grabbed a 37-34
advantage on a layup by Ryan early in the second half, but the Tritons were
unable to expand on the lead. Chico State came back to take a 50-45 lead
following a big slam by Jason Conrad and a Damario Sims three.
Hatch hit two free
throws to bring UCSD to within 50-48 with 8:34 left, but Chico would score nine
of the next 10 points to push its advantage to 59-49 with 4:38 remaining.
Hawkins accounted for five points during the stretch as the Wildcats assumed
control for good.
Tyler McGratch hit a
jumper to cut the margin to eight a minute and a half later, but that was as
close as UCSD could get as Flores and Sims combined to sink nine free throws in
the final 1:43 to seal the victory.
The Tritons trailed
by as many as nine in the first half, but rallied to take a 26-25 lead on a
Brue layup with 4:32 to play in the period. Chico scored six straight to lead
31-26, but UCSD rallied once more, closing to within one at the break, 32-31.
UCSD will now travel to Cal State Stanislaus to
conclude its three-game road trip. The Tritons will take on the Warriors at
7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Ed and Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena