TURLOCK, Calif. - Christian Hatch
scored a game-high 17 points and Tyler McGrath put in 13, but it wasn't enough
as the UC San Diego men's basketball team dropped a narrow 57-55 decision with
Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday night at Fitzpatrick Arena.
erased a seven-point second half deficit and tied the game at 41 with eight
minutes to play, but they could not overtake the Warriors and lost for the
second time in as many nights.
scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Cal State Stanislaus, which
improved to 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the California Collegiate Athletic
Association with its second straight win. The Warriors defeated Cal State East
Bay 77-49 on Friday night.
had won two straight and three of four before losing to both Chico State and Stanislaus this weekend, falls to 8-6 overall and 3-5 in the CCAA. The
Tritons will look to get things turned around with four straight at RIMAC Arena
beginning next weekend when Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills come
recorded his third consecutive double-double and fifth overall this season, after scoring
11 of his 17 points at the free throw line. McGrath was 3-of-4 from the
three-point line and hit all four of his free throws to match his career-high,
while Justin Brue finished with 11 points and six rebounds.
shot the ball particularly well on Saturday, with Stanislaus finishing 19-for-49,
39%, and UCSD converting a season-low 14 field goals on 43 tries, 33%. The
Tritons did most of their scoring at the free throw line, hitting 24-of-29,
while the Warriors were 16-of-23 at the stripe.
Stanislaus 36-26 and held an 11-4 advantage in second chance points, but it
wasn't enough to overcome the team's poor shooting performance. The Tritons
have struggled mightily offensively over the last three games, shooting just
held a slim 24-23 lead after the first half and pushed the margin to 35-28
following a jumper by Reggie Jones seven minutes into the second period.
answered with a three for UCSD and a total of eight free throws from Hatch,
McGrath and Brue over the next four and a half minutes would erase the Warrior
lead, as Brue's pair tied the game at 41 all with 7:59 on the clock.
11 of the next 15 points to take a 51-45 lead with less than three minutes
remaining, but the Warriors missed four free throws in the final 2:16, leaving
the door open for UCSD.
Casey Ryan combined to score six points as the Tritons closed to within one at
52-51 with 48 second left, but the Warriors scored the next three points - all at
the foul line - to make it 55-51 with just 17 ticks remaining. Four free throws
from Hatch and Ryan cut the deficit to one once more with two seconds left, but it
was too little too late, as the home team escaped with the 57-55 win.
Tip-off for UCSD's tilt with Cal State L.A. is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday at RIMAC Arena.